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Post Hurricane Information from Mayor Bruce Wahl (8/30/2011) (printable vers.)

BGE advises us that:
· Most power is on now in the south part of town with the exception of Old Bayside Road and connecting side streets.
· Due to additional problems, power has not been restored to Richfield Station. We do not have a timeline regarding when power will be restored. Crews are continuing to work to restore power as soon as possible.

Richfield Station:
· Some homes in Richfield Station have grinder pumps and are unable to operate their toilets and showers. Sixteen Porta-Johns are now in place at obvious locations in Richfield Station.
· For those with grinder pumps, the Northeast Community Center and the Chesapeake Beach Water Park have restroom and shower facilities. The Northeast Community Center is open from 9:00 am to 9:30 pm and the Water Park is open from 9:00 am until 7:00 pm. Please bring your own towels and you may wish to bring your own soap, shampoo and flip flops.
· As an alternative, if you are on a grinder pump, you may want to call a plumber or septic service and have your grinder pit pumped-out. There is, of course, normally a fee for this service. You might consider getting a group together (neighbors) for a possible discount.
· If you do not have a grinder pump, it is okay to use your water and toilets.
· If you don’t know if you have a grinder pump, call Town Hall at 410-257-2230 or 301-855-8398.

Storm Debris: 
· The Town is accepting hand-carried limbs and small branches at Kellams Field where a chipper is available through the rest of the week during business hours (8:00 am to 5:00 pm). This service is for the citizens of the town who are clearing their debris. No tree contractors will be allowed.
· We are relaxing the guidelines regarding “bundled and tied branches” and you may pile your small branches and limbs at your curb and the Town will pick them up as soon as they can and no later than September 9th. No tree trunks – only branches.
· Trash pick-up will operate on the regular schedule.

Roads:
· 27th Street, between D and E Streets, is the only street within the Town limits that is closed.
· Hwy. 261 is now open to the south, but may have some single lane areas due to repairs. 

Miscellaneous Information:
· Ice and other supplies are available at all of the usual outlets. 
· The Library is open and has Internet access available.
· If you need to charge your cell phone or other portable devices, bring them to Town Hall.
· We suggest citizens keep sand bags for future use, or you may return them to Kellams Field.
· Brownie’s Beach is open and staffed.
· The Chesapeake Beach Water Park will be open for its final weekend Saturday, Sunday and Monday, September 3 through 5…weather permitting.
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Please feel free to forward this information to your friends and neighbors.

Post Hurricane Information from Mayor Bruce Wahl (8/29/2011) (printable vers.)

Storm Debris: 
· The Town is accepting hand-carried limbs and small branches at Kellams Field where a chipper is available today through the rest of the week during business hours (8:00 am to 5:00 pm). This service is for the citizens of the town who are clearing their debris. No tree contractors will be allowed at Kellam's Field.
· We are relaxing the guidelines regarding “bundled and tied branches” and you may pile your small branches and limbs at your curb and the Town will pick them up as soon as they can and no later than September 9th. No tree trunks – only branches.
· Trash pick-up will operate on the regular schedule.

Beach:
· Brownie’s Beach is open and is now staffed.

BGE:
· We do not have a timeline as of now regarding when power will be restored. 35 crews are working in the town to restore power as soon as possible.
· Richfield Station and Chesapeake Village, as well as some homes south of town are still without power.

Richfield Station:
· Some homes in Richfield Station have grinder pumps and are unable to operate their toilets and showers. The town has ordered Porta-Johns which will be placed at various locations in Richfield Station, unless power is restored today.
· The Chesapeake Beach Water Park has opened for toilets and showers. If you go to the Water Park, please bring your own towels and you may wish to bring your own soap, shampoo and flip flops.
· As an alternative, if you are on a grinder pump, you may want to call a plumber or septic service and have your grinder pit pumped-out. There is, of course, normally a fee for this service. You might consider getting a group together (neighbors) for a possible discount.

Roads:
· Highway 261 is closed south of town from Chesapeake Village and Randle Cliff. An alternative route to head south would be to take Rt. 2. (Lines are down in this area.)
· Old Bayside Road is now cleared.

Supplies:
· Ice and other supplies are available at all of the usual outlets. 

Please feel free to forward this information to your friends and neighbors.

Sunday August 28th, 2011:  10:30am. EDT. Downed trees are blocking Rt. 261 south of Chesapeake Beach, and on Rt. 260 west.  Crews are working to remove the blockages.Hurricane Warnings are flying

Saturday August 27th, 2011 : 11:04 a.m. EDT Alert
The CC Commissioners have ordered an evacuation of homes within 100 feet of cliffs edge along the Chesapeake Bay.  The Board of Commissioners of Calvert County have issued a mandatory evacuation order for the residents within 100 feet of the cliffs edge of the Chesapeake Bay.  Shelters will be open at Noon today at Southern Middle School - 9615 H.G. Trueman Rd. Lusby, MD; Calvert High School - 520 Fox Run Blvd. Prince Frederick, MD and Huntingtown High School 4125 N. Solomons Island Rd. Huntingtown, MD. If you have questions please call 410-535-0314 or 410-535-0396. These lines may be busy, thank you.

 
Saturday AUGUST 27, 2011: 07:00 a..m.EDT:
  Starting at noon today, staff and volunteers will man the phones at Town Hall for the duration of the storm event.  Call 301-855-8398 or 410-257-2330 for storm-related questions.  Other important phone numbers are listed at the bottom of this page.

National Weather Service forecast for Chesapeake Beach - click here

UPDATE AUGUST 26, 2011:  NOON:  SANDBAGS --The Town of Chesapeake Beach will have sand and sandbags available for residents who need them today after 2 pm until 5:30pm and tomorrow (August 27).  The pickup location is Town Hall (not Kellam's Field) -- 10 sandbags per person.  Please bring your own shovel.

Calvert County also is making sand and sandbags available for residents who need them to protect property.  Up to 25 sand bags per person may be picked up from now through Sunday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., at the following locations:

Mt. Hope Salt Dome, 92 Pushaw Road, Sunderland
Appeal Salt Dome, 401 Sweetwater Road, Lusby
Stafford Road Salt Dome, 335 Stafford Road, Barstow

For the latest from Calvert County on Hurricane Irene preparedness,
click here

Temporary Shelters: (From the County Sheriff's Office) -- Huntingtown High, Southern Middle, and Calvert High School (pet friendly) are acting as temporary shelters starting at noon on Saturday for those who need to relocate.  For more information, view the complete notification here .

VOLUNTARY EVACUATION NOTICE  (printable version)

The Town of Chesapeake Beach by order of Mayor Bruce Wahl has issued a Voluntary
Evacuation Notice for the properties in Town on the shore line of the Chesapeake Bay. The  combination of high tide, storm surge, and high wave action pose a significant threat to low lying homes along the shore line. The possibility of high rain fall totals and sustained winds pose a significant threat of erosion for homes along the cliff areas of the shore line. The Town is asking all residents in these areas to evacuate by 4 PM Saturday 8/27/11 to higher ground. The Town is providing sand bags (10 per person) at Town Hall 2-5:30 Friday and 8 AM to 4 PM Saturday, bring your own shovel. Calvert County is also providing sand bags (25 per person) at Mt. Hope Salt Dome, 92 Pushaw Rd. Sunderland and emergency shelters starting at noon Saturday 8/27/11. Emergency Responders will not be dispatched if conditions pose a significant risk to their safety (sustained winds of 50 mph or gusts at 65 mph or higher), which will impact
their ability to retrieve citizens from their homes during the storm.  

Forecast:

Hurricane Irene's leading edge should arrive between 6-8PM Saturday 8/27
8 inches of rain possible
3 foot storm surge
40-60 mph winds sustained
6-8 foot waves
High tide at 4AM Sunday morning

Shelter Locations

Huntingtown High- North County Residents
Calvert High School- Central County Residents and Residents with pets
Southern Middle School- South County Residents

Issued By:  /s/ Mayor Bruce Wahl (8/26/2011)

8200 BAYSIDE ROAD, P.O. BOX 400, CHESAPEAKE BEACH, MARYLAND 20732
(410) 257-2230 • (301) 855-8398

Subject: Important Hurricane Information (printable version)

To help you plan for Hurricane Irene, please read the following information and pass it along to your neighbors and friends.

If you have any questions, please call Town Hall at 410-257-2230 or 301-855-8398. We will be available beginning at 12:00 NOON on Saturday throughout the weekend.

Sandbags: We have sandbags and sand available for Chesapeake Beach Citizens ONLY at Town Hall – from 2:00 pm on Friday, August 26th until 5:30 pm…and again on Saturday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm (10 per person). Sandbags are also available from Calvert County (25 per person) at Mt. Hope Salt Dome, 92 Pushaw Road, Sunderland.

Secure your home: You may wish to board up windows, use sandbags to prevent flooding, ensure that trees and shrubs are trimmed, clear loose and clogged gutters and downspouts, remove or secure loose items around your yard so they will not blow into your home or your neighbors home and cause damage and close any shutters you have, both inside and out.

Emergency items to have on hand:
· Drinking water
· Batteries
· Flashlights
· Battery operated radio
· Medicine
· Items needed for infants or elderly people
· Cash and credit cards
· Non-perishable food
· First aid kit
· Pet care items
· Place your homeowner’s insurance papers and other important papers in a waterproof bag. If you leave your home, take this with you.

Be sure to:
· Fill your gas tank
· Charge your cell phone
· Turn off propane tanks at your home
· Reinforce your garage door(s)
· Fill your bathtubs to have water if needed
· Consider freezing water so you have as much ice as possible

If you decide to evacuate, Shelters are located at:
· Huntingtown High School at 4125 Solomons Island Rd. (Rt. 2 & 4) – Residents 
· Southern Middle School at 9615 HG Trueman Rd., Lusby – Residents 
· Calvert High School at 520 Fox Run Blvd., Prince Frederick – Residents with pets
· For special assistance call 410-535-0396 or 410-535-0314

When evacuating, remember to:
· Gather items that you will need
· Turn off lights and appliances (except refrigerators and freezers)
· Turn off Main Water Valve
· Close and lock windows and doors
· Use your own vehicle to evacuate. Offer rides to neighbors who may not have transportation.
· If you need a ride or special assistance, call 410-535-0396

Hazards to avoid:
· Downed trees and power lines
· Stay out of the water
· Do not drive or walk through flood waters

DO NOT dial 911 unless you have a life-threatening emergency.

EMERGENCY RESPONDERS will not be dispatched if conditions pose a significant risk to their safety (sustained winds of 50 mph or gusts at 65 mph or higher), which will impact their ability to retrieve citizens from their homes during the storm.

And remember to look out for your neighbors, especially the elderly and disabled.

Calvert County Website: www.co.cal.md.us
Local Emergency Alert System stations include:
WPTX 920 AM, Lexington Park
WKIK 102.9 FM, Mechanicsville
WAAI 100.9 FM, Cambridge
WMDM 97.7 FM, Lexington Park
WCEM 1240 AM, Cambridge
WCMD 1560 AM, La Plata
WCEM 106.3 FM, Cambridge
WXTR 104.1 FM, La Plata
WCEI 1460 AM, Easton
WSMD 98.3 FM, Mechanicsville
WCEI 96.7 FM, Easton

Calvert County Division of Emergency Management 410-535-1623
SMECO Report Outage 1-877-747-6326
SMECO Customer Service 1-888-440-3311
BGE Outages 1-877-778-2222
Verizon 1-800-837-4966
Comcast 1-822-266-2278

Calvert County Division of Emergency Management (link updated)

Maryland 511 

Maryland Emergency Management Agency (link updated)

National Weather Service - National Hurricane Center

Ready America
(link no longer active)

 

The Beach Trolleys (all three loops) will NOT run on Saturday August 27 or Sunday August 28 due to Hurricane Irene.

Chesapeake Beach  Waterpark will be closed the weekend of August 27-28 due to Hurricane Irene. 

Tides for Chesapeake Beach starting with August 26, 2011.

Day   High      Tide Height Sunrise Moon  Time % Moon
/Low      Time  Feet Sunset Visible
F 26 High   1:57 AM 1.7  6:30 AM Rise  3:34 AM 13
26 Low    9:02 AM 0.6 7:46 PM Set   5:59 PM
26 High   2:09 PM 1.3    
26 Low    8:01 PM 0.5    
  
Sa 27 High   2:47 AM 1.7 6:31 AM Rise  4:43 AM 6
27 Low    9:40 AM 0.6 7:44 PM Set    6:36 PM
27 High   3:03 PM 1.4    
27 Low    9:01 PM 0.4    
 
Su 28 High   3:33 AM 1.7 6:32 AM Rise  5:55 AM 2
28 Low  10:16 AM 0.5 7:43 PM Set  7:10 PM
28 High   3:55 PM 1.5    
28 Low  10:00 PM 0.4    

 

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