For Immediate Release
Exelon, BGE and Constellation will collectively contribute $25,000 to support local response efforts
BALTIMORE (May 30, 2018) –BGE has restored gas and electric service to the more than 13,000 customers throughout central Maryland impacted by Sunday's severe weather and flooding. Crews continue to work to restore service to some customers in and around downtown Ellicott City where flash flooding washed away sections of roadway, natural gas mains, and portions of buildings. Some sections of gas and electric systems in the most heavily damaged areas of Main Street in Ellicott City remain turned off as a safety precaution in coordination with emergency responders. Where it was safe to reintroduce service, BGE crews have done so, restoring gas service to 92 percent of gas mains and re-energizing some of the primary power lines serving the area, including some of the street light network.
"As we work to restore gas and electric service in Ellicott City where it is safe to do so, we want our customers to know that we are committed to working with them during this difficult time," said Rodney Oddoye, vice president of customer operations and chief customer officer for BGE. "We want to extend our thanks to Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman, the Howard County Council, along with the Howard County Department of Public Works and the Office of Emergency Management for their continued collaboration with our dedicated team of employees and contractors responding to this event."
BGE also joined Exelon and Constellation in collectively contributing $25,000 through the Howard Community Relief Fund and the Community Action Council of Howard County. The shareholder funds will assist the organizations in their local response efforts. The companies also contributed to flood relief efforts in Ellicott City after the 2016 flood.
Extended outages of electric and gas service will continue along the Main Street corridor of Ellicott City where infrastructure and buildings were most heavily damaged. Restoration of service will require equipment and structures to be fully inspected and in some cases rebuilt. Customers whose piping, wiring and appliances were affected by the flooding will need to work with their licensed plumbers, electricians and appliance technicians to certify to BGE that the equipment has been inspected and repaired before BGE can fully restore service. Those customers can contact BGE to obtain the certification form. All customers without power or gas service should prepare for a continued extended outage and can contact BGE at 1.800.685.0123 to discuss their particular situation.
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BGE, founded in 1816 as the nation's first gas utility and headquartered in Baltimore, is Maryland's largest natural gas and electric utility. The company's approximately 3,200 employees are committed to safe and reliable power delivery to more than 1.25 million electric customers and more than 650,000 natural gas customers in central Maryland, as well as enhanced energy management, conservation, environmental stewardship and community assistance. J.D. Power's 2017 Electric Utility Business Customer Satisfaction StudySM ranked BGE highest in customer satisfaction with business electric service in the east among large utilities. The company also has an estimated annual economic impact of $5 billion of output in its service area, supporting more than 9,500 local jobs and producing $923 million in labor income. BGE is a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), the nation's leading competitive energy provider. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter, YouTube andFlickr.