All at one time early this afternoon several water mains ruptured flooding yards, driveways, basements, and roads on Howard Avenue, Fort Avenue, Todd Avenue, and North Point Road .
According to Mrs. Crews of Baltimore City Public Works, Bureau of Water, the multiple ruptures are a result of the current infrastructure incapacity to properly service customers in the Fort Howard township.
Ms. Crews opined the pathway to avoid future events like today is to to modernized the current infrastructure by replacing it with new water piping and fittings, indicating that is Baltimore County Public Works jurisdiction.
The emergency was elevated to a “Priority One,” designation by Baltimore City Public Works, Bureau of Water supervisors Maurice Hale and Robert Cookley for immediate deployment of Baltimore City Public Works repair crews at the multiple water main rupture sites throughout Fort Howard to minimized water service interruption.
Baltimore County Roads and Highway were on hand repairing resulting road damage from the water main ruptures.
In the past winter 2014 a water main break was the cause of ice damming at the corner of Howard Avenue and Old Bay Road posing a threat of accidental injury to both pedestrians and motorists tending their mail at the Fort Howard Post Office.
The Baltimore County Executive is being sent a follow-up letter sharing Baltimore City Public Works advise how to avoiding future water main ruptures. Any response will be posted at Forthoward.org for comment.
The Fort Howard Community is very grateful to Mr. Hale, Mr. Cookley, the Baltimore City Public Works repair crew’s ensuring uninterrupted water supply, Baltimore County keeping our roads safe, and the responsiveness of all the private community members calling in the emergency to city and county agencies for attention.
“It’s our community, let’s take care of it.”