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Both ends of Maryland still dealing with storm issues

HAGERSTOWN — Potomac Edison say Monday that about 3,900 homes and businesses in Garrett County are still without power, a week after superstorm Sandy dumped up to 2½ feet of snow in the far western Maryland mountains.

That’s about 17 percent of all electricity users in the rural county. At the peak of the outages last week, nearly 80 percent of the company’s Garrett County customers lacked power.

Potomac Edison spokesman Todd Meyers said Monday he expects virtually all 23,000 customers there to be back up by midnight Tuesday.

He said 17 of the county’s 18 polling places are back on the grid. The one at the Deer Park Volunteer Fire Department has generator power and will be open on Election Day.

Meanwhile, federal and local authorities on the Eastern Shore are working to find housing for more than 275 Crisfield residents displaced by last week’s storm.

Officials said 136 units at Somers Cove Apartments, a public housing community, were flooded.

Federal housing authorities said they’re working with local and state leaders to find similar housing for the 278 people who were displaced.

A community center is offering a temporary shelter of cots, food and water, though a countywide shelter at a Princess Anne high school has closed.

Ed McDonough, a spokesman for the state emergency management agency, told The Daily Times of Salisbury that no single town suffered as much damage as Crisfield. He said he expects Somerset County, where Crisfield is located, to receive a federal disaster declaration.