Takoma Park Spared From Massive Power Outages

The City of Takoma Park is officially closed but many businesses remain open.

As thousands of residents in Montgomery County grappled with power outages, a majority of Takoma Park residents were thankful they were spared.

On Tuesday, about 300,000 residents were without power in the county, according to Pepco officials. Takoma Park experienced about 50 to 100 outages.

Takoma Park residents Jesse and Claire Taylor were taking their baby girl out for a walk and said they remained with power throughout Hurricane Sandy.

“We never lost power as you said and it really ended up being fairly uneventful," Jesse Taylor said. "I walked around this morning and saw a couple of trees down on the Sligo Creek trail over the creek. That was the only damage I’ve seen.”

Claire Taylor added that it seemed a lot calmer then after the derecho and how they feel lucky.

The sentiment was echoed by some business owners in the city.

“It looks like most of the businesses are open downtown. I had breakfast at Mark’s [Kitchen] today,” Julie Paez, storeowner of The Big Bad Woof, said.

Paez said she was prepared to work with a skeleton crew and recording sales on her IPad Tuesday.

“I think we were fortunate that we didn’t have power outages because we usually have power outages.”

A block up the road on Caroll Avenue, Ace Hardware Store Manager Eric Hardy said yesterday's weather was crazy due to the massive amount of rain.

His store lost power last night after they closed but was restored by the morning.

Hardy said they opened up as usual at 8 a.m.


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