O’Malley Tours Irene Damage

By CHRIS GORDON and BRIAN WITTE
|  Tuesday, Aug 30, 2011  |  Updated 9:31 PM EDT
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People in southern Maryland are struggling to get their lives back in order after Hurricane Irene blanketed their homes in toppled trees. On Tuesday, Gov. Martin O'Malley got a close look at all the damage while touring those areas hardest hit.

Chris Gordon

People in southern Maryland are struggling to get their lives back in order after Hurricane Irene blanketed their homes in toppled trees. On Tuesday, Gov. Martin O'Malley got a close look at all the damage while touring those areas hardest hit.

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Gov. Martin O'Malley is touring Maryland counties to assess the damage caused by Hurricane Irene, while hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses in the mid-Atlantic region remain without power.

O'Malley spoke with almost every homeowner along ravaged Whiskey Creek Road in St. Mary's County Tuesday. Everywhere he looked, trees were down -- many on houses. The sound of chainsaws filled the air, as southern Maryland residents cleaned up from Hurricane Irene, which they say was worse than Isabel and Ernesto.

There’s so much damage and destruction that residents wanting to keep out price gougers posted a sign reading, “Gawkers, $10. Contractors, $100.”

In Hollywood, O’Malley introduced residents to state insurance commissioner Therese Goldsmith.

In Calvert County, the damage also is extensive.

O’Malley has been briefed by SMECO officials, who said crews are working hard to restore electricity to all of southern Maryland by the end of the week.

 


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