The storm cleanup in the DC region continues

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Some parts of the DC region are still being cleaned up and are without power two days after a severe storm, and officials in a rural county in Southwest Virginia said they are continuing to search for scores of people missing after major flooding in the area .

About 6,000 residents and businesses were affected by power outages in the metro area Thursday morning, most in Prince George’s County. At some point after Tuesday’s storm, more than 230,000 homes and businesses in the DC area were without power.

On Thursday, Pepco said it had restored power to the “vast majority of customers” who experienced outages from Tuesday’s storm. The crews “continued to work around the clock to fix failures,” it said.

In the University of Maryland in College Park, officials said on Twitter that “power is in the process of being restored” and the campus will reopen on Thursday morning. It was closed Wednesday due to fallen trees and power problems.

Some roads in the area still had downed trees and crews were working to clear those areas, authorities said.

Cables still had fallen down on some streets, including Prince George’s County, where part of it was way 1 both sides remained blocked near Lakeland Drive.

In rural Southwest Virginia, 44 People have gone missing after major flooding and phone service is down. Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office officials said on Facebook that the flooding took place in the Whitewood area. The number of missing “reflects the number of people who have been reported to law enforcement by loved ones and family members who have been unable to contact them.”

“This does not mean the person is missing, it means we are attempting to reach and locate the person and checking on their well-being,” the Facebook post said.

There are no confirmed deaths, officials said. They are expected to hold a press conference later on Thursday with more details on the flooding and conditions.

DC region cleans up after severe storm

https://www.washingtonpost.com/dc-md-va/2022/07/14/dc-storm-cleanup-power-outage/ The storm cleanup in the DC region continues

Dustin Huang

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