Person Killed in Somerset County Monday Night
One person was killed in a Somerset County traffic accident Monday night, as the result of a snow-slickened road. The name of the person killed in the accident, nor that of the driver was released, pending notification of next of kin. The driver lost control of the car on the snow and slush-covered Route 281. The car crossed the double yellow center line, and rolled over into a farm pond on the east side of the road. The driver was a 51-year old Confluence woman. She was not injured, but her passenger was pronounced dead at Somerset Hospital.
Storm Packs A Punch in Maryland
Western Maryland is in "recovery mode," following the brunt of "Sandy," which hit the area Monday night/Tuesday morning. The Maryland State Highway Administration had more than 1200 people statewide, responding to the storm. Emergency crews dealt with everything from downed trees, historic rainfall, snow in Garrett County, high water, and they're still dealing with power outages across the state. Two people were killed in Maryland Monday. A tree crashed through a house in Pasadena, Maryland, killing a man instantly. In Montgomery County, another person is dead following a storm-related crash.
SHA Provides Update on Storm Recovery
The Maryland State Highway Administration's Emergency Operations Center and more than 650 crews continue to respond to flooding, snow, downed trees and power outages across the state. Driving hazards will persist through today as more motorists resume travel. In Allegany County, there are nearly 6500 residents still without power. Overall, Potomac Edison is reporting more than 52,000 customers without electricity. Statewide in West Virginia, power outages have topped 271,000. High winds, intense rains and heavy snowfall have impaired crew accessibility and hampered the damage assessment and restoration process.
Passage in Allegany County Damaged
A portion of the Great Allegheny Passage through the county has suffered significant damage from Monday's storm. Trail users are advised to proceed at your own risk, and the county is not responsible for any personal injury or property damage suffered by any user. The clean-up will begin as soon as possible. The primary damage is from Brush Tunnel westward, to the Mason-Dixon Line. Numerous trees and limbs have fallen, and there are washouts in the Woodcock Hollow area and in several other areas as well.
Early Voting Extended
Governor Martin O'Malley has extended early voting in the state of Maryland, because of the storm. Early voting will run today, tomorrow, and Friday. The new hours for early voting are from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. each day.
Pennsylvania Reporting Downed Trees, Utility Poles, and Flooding
Several roads in the Bedford and Somerset County region were closed by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, after the storm rolled through the area. Among the roads in Bedford County that were shut down include Lake Gordon Road, which was closed because of a downed utility pole. A section of Route 96 was closed for the same reason. In Somerset County, portions of several Roads were closed, including the Glencoe Road, the Poorbaugh Road, and Warrens Mill Road.
U.S. Route 219 Project on the "Slow Track"
Plans to extend and improve Route 219, from Meyersdale to the Maryland border have slowed, but the Appalachian Development Highway System-from Somerset to Meyersdale-should get underway within the next few months. The Somerset County Commissioners have sent a formal letter to Governor Tom Corbett and PennDOT, requesting a meeting. The annual meeting of the North-South Highway Coalition is set for tomorrow.