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Cecil County Roads Crews Go Above and Beyond in Aftermath of Winter Storm Riley

Post Date:03/05/2018 4:50 PM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 5, 2018

ROADS STAFF 2018

ELKTON, MD. -- Chances are, if you're successfully traveling throughout the County today, you have the Cecil County Roads Division to thank for that. The aftermath of Friday's Winter Storm Riley left many county roads impassable due to downed trees and power lines. As soon as conditions were deemed safe on Saturday, Roads Division crews set out to assess the damage and begin the clean-up process.

The powerful wind storm crippled many people traveling through Cecil County as both the Tydings (I-95) and Hatem (Rt. 40) bridges were shut down, and also prevented travel on twenty four County roads due to downed trees or limbs and power lines. Cecil County Roads worked collaboratively with Delmarva Power to ensure safety at all times by maintaining blockades to allow the power company crews to do their jobs prior to clearing the roadways.

"We had 38 Roads employees working in various capacity for long hours this week end, explained Cecil County Roads Division Chief Dan Webber. "Our staff was dedicated to getting trees off the roads as quickly and safely as possible to allow traveling public to continue with as little disturbance as possible."

"This becomes a challenge with the winds and high gust," Webber continued. "The Roads crews worked diligently and safely and were available around the clock for the entire weekend. I have to say the crews were very dedicated and flexible with the work schedule in reaching our goal of opening roads to keep the inconvenience to minimum as much as possible. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the work done by Delmarva Power. They were working 24/7  and on some of the locations they had their tree contractor clean up the trees out of the road to expedite the opening of the road."

"Delmarva Power enjoys the partnership we have with the County, specifically the Roads Division," expressed Linda Burris, Senior Public Affairs Manager with Delmarva Power. "We work together during storm situations to ensure the residents of the county have power as quickly possible while keeping safety at the forefront of our efforts. Working with the Roads Division ensures we can move freely through areas with downed trees."

County Executive Alan McCarthy and Director of Administration Al Wein also hit the roads early Saturday morning to evaluate travel conditions, as well. Taking note of the road situations, their outing also included a stop in Perryville as CSX staff worked to remove rail cars that were blown off the tracks and had plunged into the Susquehanna River.

As conditions improved throughout the weekend, the County utilized their social media accounts to update the public, initially noting which roads were closed. County Facebook and Twitter followers assisted by sharing statuses and graciously offering praise and appreciation for workers with each new update.

Scott Flanigan, Director of Public Works, stated, "The Roads Division staff are among the many unsung heroes of County government. In partnership with crews from Delmarva, they worked under difficult and, at times, potentially dangerous conditions to clear downed trees and other debris from County roadways and get them open as rapidly as possible. As I like to say, Roads Division is at its best, when things are at their worst. This most recent storm event was yet another example of that."

"What a tremendous impact our Roads crews made this weekend," added the County Executive. "They worked tirelessly and cautiously to effectively return our roads to 'safe for travel' status as quickly as possible. I, as well as everyone in the County, appreciate the efforts of everyone involved." 

Only Harvest Lane remained closed at the time of this release. Crews are continuing their work to make this road passable soon. Over the next few weeks, limbs, trees and other debris will be collected and cleared from the area.

"Our Roads crews truly went above and beyond for the citizens of Cecil County this weekend," McCarthy stressed. "We ask that you continue to be patient as the clean-up continues and use caution in work areas along the roadways."

To report road conditions, call 410-996-6270. We encourage County residents to follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/CecilCoGov/) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/CecilCoGov) for real time updates on all County related news and events.

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Photo: Cecil County Roads staff worked to clear a section of roadway on Sunday afternoon. Pictured are (l. to r.) William Lucas, Brandon Thomas, Brian Caffrey, Mike Cox, James Custer and Charlie Cox.



For more information, contact:
Jennifer Lyall
Public Information Officer
410-996-8454
jlyall@ccgov.org


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