From Harford County government:
National Weather Service has identified this as a record snowfall in Harford County with 37 inches measured in Norrisville, This breaks the previous record, which was 35 1/2 inches. County Executive Glassman has kept the local State of Emergency in place. Thank you for your patience as we work through this historic storm.
The Department of Emergency Services and the Department of Public Works continue to work diligently to manage the effects of this historic snowstorm. We continue to ask for your patience as we work to clear over 1,000 miles of roadways that were blanketed with over 37” of snow in some areas of the county. Using combined county resources and private contractors we have 148 plows deployed throughout the County. At this time, 82 percent of the County’s roads have had at least one pass of a snow plow or front end loader. Regardless, this snow is not easy to move and speedy efforts to remove the snow continue to be hampered by the difficulty that comes with moving such a large volume of snow and removing snow from the many cul-de-sacs in which are difficult to maneuver large plows. Many callers to the Harford County hot line have expressed frustration and we do understand. But please know these large scale efforts take time. Plow operators are working very long hours and often drivers are diverted to assist fire and EMS with critical emergencies. County Executive Glassman, who has kept the State of Emergency for Harford County in place, has been at the Emergency Operation Center throughout the storm and has been working closely with DES staff to obtain additional resources to expedite getting plows to our county roadways. Our Harford County hot line, 410-838-5800, is staffed throughout the day and night to answer your questions and assist you. This is a very difficult storm and we appreciate your continued community support as we work together to get our roads cleared quickly and safety. Also, the Harford Link will be closed on Tuesday.
From Harford County Councilman “Capt’n” Jim McMahan and Bel Air Commissioner Susan Burdette:
Guess what??? You are frustrated!
This was a record snowfall – 37.5 inches in Norrisville
So what is Harford county doing about it?
143 pieces of county equipment has been working continuously except for mandatory breaks for safety reasons. The county also has 8 contractors with heavy front end loaders. No one is sitting around drinking coffee.
And yet your cul-de-sac has not been touched.
Here is the breakdown
there are 1,200 cul-de-sacs not to mention streets in developments.
81% of the county roads in the Jarrettsville area have been plowed once.
84% in the Whiteford area
79% in the Bel Air area
70 % in the Joppa area
Additional contractors are being sought to go into the Bel Air and Joppa area.
The bottom line is that there is so much snow in these residential areas there is no place to push it.
When a plow does get into a development they push snow right back into the driveway you just cleared!!
Yep more frustration and it is certainly understood by those fighting this battle for you.
You may not see a plow until Wednesday
Those not used to physical activity stop shoveling now!!!
There has been a dramatic increase for medic calls for cardiac arrests
Due to shoveling snow!!
The non-emergency “hot line “ is 410 838 5800
Hey folks lighten up on these volunteers please. These folks do not need the rude abusive talk. They will pass along your concerns but they are nice little ladies helping out!
(one of them may be your grandma!)
Only if you are able…clear around the fire hydrants.
Please do not pile the snow in your driveway out into the traveled portion of the road.
Feed the birds and check on your neighbors(they may have coffee ready!!!) Ooops they ran out!
Now please realize the severity of the storm. It was a frog choker!!
From Harford County Public Schools:
Harford County Public Schools will be CLOSED tomorrow, Tuesday, January 26, 2016, Code GREEN.
Essential personnel should await further instruction for reporting time tomorrow.
The Board of Education Meeting scheduled for Monday, January 25, 2016 is canceled. The meeting has been rescheduled for Monday, February 1, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.
From Harford County government:
Harford County Government Offices Closed Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016
BEL AIR, Md. (Jan. 25, 2016) – Due to the ongoing impact of the weekend blizzard, Harford County government offices will be closed on Tuesday, January 26, 2016.
From the Town of Bel Air:
Snow Removal Update
(Bel Air, MD) – Snow removal update from the Town of Bel Air.
Our Department of Public Works plow drivers are hard at work continuing to clear our Town roads from this weekend’s historic snowfall. Our crews are working safely and in a well-planned approach to snow removal. The amount of snow that has fallen has put a strain on resources statewide but we feel we are in good shape at this time. All of our Town streets are now passable. Public Work’s crew will continue working diligently to push back snow, apply salt, and make our streets as safe as possible for driving. We are extending courtesy parking in the Hickory Avenue parking garage until 7 am on Tuesday January 26, 2016. Employees of Harford County Government, Board of Education, and local businesses use the garage; we must allow them use of the garage to return to work and for those entities to resume doing business. For those of you that kept cars off our Town roads during the storm we would like to extend our appreciation for your assistance.
You may visit WWW.BELAIRMD.ORG click on “Submit a Request,” select “Snow Removal” and follow the instructions to submit your request directly to our Public Works Department.
From the City of Havre de Grace:
City Hall will open at 8am on Tuesday, January 26th. Liberal leave policy is in effect for nonessential personnel.
Curbside collection in the City of Havre de Grace has been re-scheduled due to the storm.
Normal day Monday – will be collected Wednesday this week.
Normal day Tuesday – will be collected Thursday
Normal day Wednesday – will be collected Friday
Recycling and Yard Waste will not be collected this week.
Those in apartment complexes and other areas where trash is collected by a private contractor should check with their providers.
From Aberdeen Proving Ground:
APG Operational Status Update, January 25, 2016, 2:00 p.m.
Winter Storm Jonas left APG with more than 29 inches of snow and drifts 3-4 times as large. Our DPW Snow Removal crews have been working for more than 70 hours to clear the installation roads, parking lots, and buildings to ensure the safety of our workforce and residents. However, given the fluctuation in temperature causing melt and refreezing of surfaces, we find ourselves having to retreat areas multiple times. Therefore, the Senior Commander has directed the installation to operate under a four-hour delay Tuesday, January 26, 2016, with no employee arriving prior to 8 a.m. This means employees would arrive four hours after their normal start time. Additionally, unscheduled leave is authorized.
Team APG Leaders will reassess the conditions as the weather develops and continue communicating to the workforce, residents and key leaders on the current installation condition and operational status.
Customers are encouraged to check the APG Snow Line, 410-278-SNOW (7669), www.Facebook.com/apgmd, https://twitter.com/USAGAPG, www.TeamAPG.com, and local media for the latest information on delays or closure or call before traveling to the installation.
Members of partner commands/units and emergency essential personnel should check with their chains of command for additional instructions.
The flowing services will commence operations at the listed times:
Directorate of Family,Morale, Welfare & Recreation
Athletic Centers –1200
Recreation Centers –1200
Bowling Alley –1200 (FoodService 1200-1400)
MWR Leisure Travel –1200
Top of The Bay –closed
North Side Grille / 1SG BBQ –1200-1400
Directorate of Human Services
CAC / ID CardServices –1130
Mail Services –1000
LogisticsReadiness Center -APG
Fuel Point / TMP –1100
Carson Wagonlit –1200
Main receiving -1100
Main Exchange (PX)
Lunch Box –1000
Burger King –1000
All other vendors located in the PX area -1000
Kirk United States Army Health Clinic
Directorate of Emergency Services
AA Rt22 (Visitor Center) 24hr operations
AA Rt715 (Visitor Center) 0500 –1900
EA Wise Road 0600 –1800
EA Rt24 (Visitor Center) 24hr operations
Commissary (DECA) 1000
No POVs will be permitted entrance to Spesutie Island tomorrow, 26 January 2016. Employees assigned to the Island should report to their alternate worksite tomorrow.
From Harford Campaign for Liberty:
In the interest of safety, Harford Campaign for Liberty has decided to cancel our January meeting scheduled for tomorrow, Jan. 26th at the Harford Vineyard and Winery.
Many thanks to all the first responders and snowplows who have been diligently working to keep the roads clear and the Harford residents safe.
We hope to reschedule our speaker from Maryland Driver’s Alliance in February, and look forward to the decade of expertise he’ll be sharing on Red Light and Speed Cameras, their legality and the fraudulent actions that have surrounded them.
This legislative session a bill to repeal speed cameras, red light cameras and construction zone cameras has been introduced in the House, with 22 co-sponsors AND COUNTING in agreement to rid the state of revenue-greedy “Scameras”.
Please look for February 23rd’s meeting announcement, and don’t forget to call your Delegate this week to ask him or her to co-sponsor the Red Light and Speed Camera Repeal bill!
The following Harford Delegates have not yet co-sponsored this important bill:
Rick Impallaria, District 7
Kathy Szeliga, District 7
Pat McDonough, District 7
Mary Ann Lisanti, District 35
Susan McComas, District 35
Harford County Coordinator
Maryland Campaign for Liberty