Baltimore City shelters opening today; Charm City Circulator service canceled

BALTIMORE - Today, at the direction of Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Baltimore Housing established shelters to open at 9 a.m.

While citizens are encouraged to shelter in-place during the Hurricane Sandy storm period, six shelters will be available throughout the city at the following locations:
•    War Memorial Building- Lexington and Gay Streets
•    Baltimore Junior Academy- 3006
•    West Cold Spring Lane
•    Oliver Community Center- 1400 East Federal Street
•    Edmondson High School- 4501 Edmondson Avenue
•    Patterson Park High School- 100 Kane Street
•    Forest Park High School- 3701 Eldorado Avenue

Citizens using shelters should bring need needed supplies, including medications when necessary. The shelters were established by staffed by Baltimore Housing and the American Red Cross.

Due to the effects of Hurricane Sandy, the Baltimore City Department of Transportation would like to advise citizens that the Charm City Circulator will be suspending operations on beginning on Monday, October 29, 2012 and during the storm period.  Charm City Circulator service will be cancelled on all routes, including the Purple,

Orange and Green routes, along with the Banner route.  Citizens can visitwww.CharmCityCirculator.com for additional information.   

The City Department of Transportation has closed the following intersections and roads due to potential and expected flooding:
•    Clipper Mill at Meadow Mills Business Park
•    1900 block Falls Road (near Streetcar Museum)
•    Monument Street at Pulaski Highway
•    Aliceanna at Caroline Street
•    North Point at Kane West

At the mayor's direction, police officers and emergency responders will be deployed throughout the city and are able to respond to any incident, and forestry and public works response crews are on stand-by.  911 and 311 are fully operational. Use 911 for emergencies only. Police officers are deployed throughout the city and able to respond to any incident.

Citizens are also reminded they can call 311 for the latest information about the City's storm response and recovery efforts. BGE Customers should report outages by calling 877-778-2222. Any residents in need of non-emergency social service resource assistance can call Maryland 211 service. The city will be making additional announcement throughout the day. Please stay tuned to local news, television and radio.

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