Emergency Management

Prince George's County, Maryland

Prince George’s County Winter Storm Recovery Update

For Immediate Release: 1/24/2016 8:35 PM

Contact: Rhonda Jackson Public Information Officer Prince George’s County Office of Emergency Management Cell: 240-694-7474

Landover, MD -  Today, Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III  held a press conference detailing the County’s recovery plan from this weekend’s blizzard at the Office of Emergency Management’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in Landover, MD.  County Executive Baker was joined by Prince George’s County officials representing Emergency Management, Public Works and Transportation, Public Safety, and Social Services.  To view press conference via Periscope, please click here.

Over the last 48 hours, Prince George’s County received over 20 inches of snow throughout the County. Now that the snow fall has ended, the County has entered into a recovery phase of plowing roads and clearing sidewalks.  In order to keep individuals off the roads and safe during this recovery phase, the Prince George’s County Government, Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS), the Prince George’s County Circuit and District Courts and the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) will be closed tomorrow, Monday, January 25, 2016.

“I want to thank the people of Prince George’s County for their patience and for staying at home and allowing the men and women who have been working hard to clear our streets and roads,” said County Executive Baker. “Today we start the next phase of this event - the recovery phase.  This means that the big dig out has begun.  I want to be very clear; digging out of almost 2 feet of snow is no small undertaking. This is going to be tremendously challenging and requires a non-stop effort to get us back to some since of normalcy as soon as possible.  I am asking for the patience of our residents as we work to clear our streets throughout the County.”

The Prince George’s County Department of Public Works and Transportation (DPW&T)  has over 300 vehicles working around the clock plowing roadways in the County during this recovery operation.  The goal is to keep primary and major collector roads passable.  Once these roads are passable, operators will begin plowing residential roads.  It is important to note that all state roads are plowed by the State Highway Administration.  These roads are identified by numbers such as Route 5, 193, 202, 210, 410 or 214.

The Department of Public Works and Transportation  is warning all residents to be aware of re-freezing on roads and sidewalks over the next several days.  As roads and sidewalks clear and melt during the daytime hours, they may experience re-freeze in the evenings and create dangerous “black ice” conditions where icy roads and sidewalks may not be noticeable. 

Information for Residents Regarding Plowing and Roads

  • Residents are asked to park on the even-numbered sides of residential streets or in their driveways to assist the crews in clearing the roadways. 
  • Residents are reminded that abandoned vehicles must be removed from the roadways before operators can plow the streets.
  • Driveways and mailboxes will have snow in front of them as a result of the plowing operation. 
  • Residents are reminded to shovel their driveways after plowing has occurred and to remove snow/ice from the sidewalks abutting their homes and businesses. 
  • Residents are advised to wait 24 to 48 hours after the precipitation has stopped before calling 3-1-1 or the Snow Information Center at 301-350-0500 to request plowing. 

County 3-1-1 Call Center Institutes Special Hours During the Storm
The Prince George’s County 3-1-1 Call Center will be open and available for residents to contact for non-emergency information requests from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Monday, January 25, 2016.

Power Outages/Utilities:
During the storm there were minimal power outages throughout the County. As the snow begins to melt and become heavier, power outages still may occur.  To report a power outage or gas/water failure, please contact your utility companies at the following phone numbers:

  • Pepco: 1-877-737-2662
  • Baltimore Gas and Electric (BG&E): 1-877-778-2222 or 1-800-685-0123
  • SMECO: 1-877-747-6326 or 1-888-440-3311
  • Washington Gas: 1-800-752-7520
  • Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC): 1-800-828-4002

Helpful Safety Tips During Snow Events

  • Do not use portable generators indoors.
  • Do not use charcoal as an indoor heating source.
  • Do not over exert yourself when clearing snow.
  • Make sure that you carry a cell phone when shoveling snow in case of an emergency.
  • Do not walk on roads, especially at night.  This is incredibly dangerous with road conditions.
  • Beware of the risk of roof collapses in poorly maintained, old, or flat roofs.
  • Check on elderly residents as they are vulnerable to indoor hypothermia in case their heating source fails.
  • Clear snow away from fire hydrants so they are visible in an emergency.

Additional Tips

Stay Connected
Get up-to-date information on the storm by following or liking the County Executive on Twitter and Facebook using #PGCSnow.  You can also get information online at http://princegeorgescountymd.gov.