BGE ready to tackle power outages as snow blankets Maryland

BALTIMORE - As heavy snow continues to blanket much of the state Thursday, BGE says it is prepared for whatever Mother Nature may bring.

BGE spokeswoman Rachael Lighty said the utility has about 1,600 employees and contractors and 400 out-of-state mutual aid workers to deal with power outages, downed lines and other issues.

As of 1:20 p.m. BGE reported 453 customers without power, including 184 in Harford County, but expect that number to rise over the course of the day.

"We may see that number continue to increase as this system will be with us for quiet some time," Lighty said. "As it continues to build on the power lines and tree limbs and we may see that number go up."

Lighty said BGE has also taken every precaution to ensure its workers are safe and get reach impacted areas as quickly as possible.

"We stage crews throughout the entire service area as we know that snow and ice can cause hazardous road conditions for our crews," Lighty said. "We try to position them so they have shorter distances to travel between outage jobs."

To report an outage, visit BGE.com or call 877-778-2222.

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