Auto travel restrictions, in place starting at 6 p.m. last night, lifted at noon this morning, and the streets quickly filled with cars.
In Fell’s Point, sandbags remained in place to protect vulnerable points in businesses and residences, but heavy damage was not immediately apparent from the outside.
Nevertheless Hurricane Sandy brought a lot of damage to the city. According to a press release from Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s office, the city received reports of over 230 fallen trees, half of which were in the roads. Rawlings-Blake said that more than 40 forestry crews were deployed to clear them from critical roads.
Seventeen traffic lights were out in the city as of this morning, with more running only on temporary generators.
Residents may call 311 to report fallen trees and other storm damages.
Four shelters were open yesterday for people who needed them. Three remain open today—at the War Memorial Building, Lexington and Gay Streets; Oliver Community Center, 1400 East Federal St.; and Forest Park High School, 3701 Eldorado Ave.
Baltimore Gas and Electric Company reported that over 4,200 employees, contractors, and out-of-town personnel are working to restore electricity and electricity infrastructure.
According to Rawlings-Blake’s office, BGE reported 220 downed wires and 14,000 without power in Baltimore. Residents who see downed power lines are asked to call BGE at 1-877-778-2222.
Statewide, 130 traffic signals were reported out, and almost 100 roads were closed due to flooding or tree and debris obstruction, according to the State Highway Administration.