Water main break reported in Overlea

Water Main BreakA water main break is affecting some Overlea residents on Wednesday.

The Department of Public Works reports that an eight-inch main has ruptured in the 5400-block of Trumps Mill Road (21206).

Thirty residents and two fire hydrants are currently without service.

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There has been no ETA on repairs.

Motorists should use caution in the area.

Officials preparing for potential localized flooding from Hurricane Florence

Hurricane FlorenceAlthough the current projected track of Hurricane Florence would appear to take the storm south of the Baltimore area, County Executive Don Mohler and his top public safety and public health team gathered at Bowleys Quarters Volunteer Fire Rescue and Marine this morning to advise residents to stay alert to possible changes and prepare in case of localized coastal and inland flooding or power outages from downed trees.

The storm is expected to stall and produce heavy rains, which could lead to some inland and coastal flooding throughout the south and possibly in the Mid-Atlantic region.

“The Memorial Day weekend flooding in Catonsville, Ellicott City, Oella and Turner Station was an unwelcome reminder of our vulnerability, and that it doesn’t take a direct hit from a hurricane to ruin homes and businesses and cause prolonged power outages and possible loss of life,” Mohler said.

Mohler reminded residents to monitor Baltimore County’s social media channels for storm-related updates.

“Providing accurate, timely information to our citizens during an emergency is a top priority for us,” he said. “During storms and other emergencies, we push out frequent updates via Twitter and on our Baltimore County Fire Department Facebook page.”

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Baltimore County emergency managers will continue to receive regular updates throughout this weather event and will provide updates on social media as needed.

“Living in eastern Baltimore County and along the waterfront myself, I am particularly grateful to all of our career and volunteer fire service, police officers and public works staff who stand ready to jump into action if necessary to protect people if this storm should cause problems,” said Councilwoman Cathy Bevins.

Fire and Public Works Crews are Prepared and Ready to Respond

The Baltimore County Fire Department and the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management will continue to monitor the storm and will be prepared to respond if needed.

The Baltimore County Department of Public Works (DPW) has placed special emphasis this week on checking their equipment and clearing storm drain inlets to help reduce flooding potential. DPW warns that the saturated ground from recent rainy weather means that trees can be vulnerable to toppling from lighter winds than usual. County tree crews and contractors are ready to clear trees that may fall into roadways and the public right of way.

DPW asks residents to help by reporting any problems that may occur including blocked inlets and downed trees to the Bureau of Highways using the BaltCoGo mobile app. The app is offered free of charge to Android and iPhone users and may be downloaded from their respective app stores. Residents may also call the Bureau of Highways at 410-887-3560.

Sewage overflow reported near Parkville

Environment Hazmat Hazard SewageThe Baltimore County Department of Public Works has reported a sanitary sewer overflow in the 6600-block of Collinsdale Road (21234) in the Parkville-Hillendale area.

A discharge of about 17,000 gallons began at just before 3 p.m. on Thursday.

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Utility crews responded immediately and stopped the overflow at just before midnight.

DPW says that the sanitary sewerage discharge was caused by a broken sewer main.

Crews located the break and were able to halt the flow just before midnight.

Some of the discharge reportedly flowed to a tributary of Herring Run.

Residents can check and water-related advisories here.

Councilman Marks: Sanitary survey being conducted in Perry Hall Manor

Baltimore CountyOver the past two months, Baltimore County has received three requests for assistance from residents in Perry Hall Manor who have failing septic systems, according to Councilman David Marks.

Perry Hall Manor is the area of northern Perry Hall in the vicinity of Perry Hall and Miller Roads.

The county has also received an additional complaint at a fourth property regarding an illegal discharge of sewage onto the ground surface.

As a result of these concerns and at the request of several neighborhood residents, the Department of Public Works is conducting a sanitary survey to assess the need for public water and sewerage. While county officials will attempt to speak with all the residents during this survey, it is not mandatory from residents to participate.

Once the investigation is finished, findings and recommendations will be made to the Department of Public Works.

“I want to emphasize that, for right now, only a survey is being done in Perry Hall Manor,” said Councilman Marks. “There is a detailed process that must occur for public water and sewerage to be installed and funded. I will continue to engage the community, but felt it necessary to alert residents about the complaints the community has received.”

Councilman Marks: New truck restrictions on Honeygo’s neighborhood roads

No TrucksBaltimore County Councilman David Marks announced on Thursday that new truck restrictions would be implemented in Perry Hall’s Honeygo area.

The changes are designed to encourage trucks to use Honeygo Boulevard instead of Cowenton Avenue and Joppa Road in the Chapel Hill Elementary School area.

Trucks making deliveries to the Honeygo Village Center will no longer be able to use Cowenton Avenue between Philadelphia and Joppa Roads, and Joppa Road between Philadelphia Road and Scott Moore Way and Cowenton Avenue.

Signs should be completed on or before September 14th.

The Department of Public Works made the changes after Councilman Marks received complaints from constituents and an investigation by police and county engineers.

“Honeygo Boulevard was always designed to carry truck traffic. Our neighborhood streets should not be overwhelmed with trucks making deliveries,” Councilman Marks commented. “I would like to thank the county for acting to improve neighborhood safety.”