Mayor Makes Sand Bags Available For Residents And Businesses In The Flood-Prone Areas Of Baltimore

In preparation for incoming Hurricane Irene, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake ordered that sand and sandbags be delivered to strategic locations in Baltimore for residents and businesses to protect their properties. The Mayor urged residents and business owners who live or operate in at-risk coastal flood areas to begin preparations. The Mayor has ordered the City’s Emergency Operation Center to open tomorrow morning at 7:00 a.m. to ensure essential City services are maintained before, during, and after the storm.

The Mayor added that residents in Fells Point should be prepared for parking restrictions dependent upon the forecast of storm surge and flooding predictions.

Sand and sand bags will be available at 4:00 p.m. today at the following locations:

  • Broadway and Thames Streets (Broadway Pier)
  • Broadway Square (north side)
  • ESPN Zone (former)
  • Rash Field

Residents and business owners coming to these locations should:

  • Bring a vehicle capable of carrying heavy sand bags.
  • Bring a shovel incase all are being used.
  • Have proof of residency or ownership available.

All residents should take these additional steps:

  • Have an emergency kit including a three-day supply of water, battery operated AM/FM radio, and a flashlight.
  • Stay tuned to local TV and Radio Stations and listen for instructions from City officials.
  • Have a personal or family plan to shelter-in-place or evacuate if told to do so.
  • Batten down any loose items, and secure property as best as possible.
  • Clear outdoor storm drains near their property to prevent flooding during heavy rains.
  • Report blocked storm drains and downed trees to 311.
  • Dialing (877) 778-2222 to report power outages.
  • Do not drive on flooded roads or park in flood-prone areas.
  • Stay informed. Monitor the storm on local TV and radio stations, and listen for updates from City officials.
  • Citizens who live along streams or in places that are subject to flooding are especially urged to stay alert and to be prepared to move their vehicles or evacuate.

For more information on how to prepare, click here.

To view the Baltimore's inundation zone map, click here.

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