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“Our crews are all being notified that we need people on standby, and depending on the storm we may add additional shifts,” Ms. Anderson said. “We’re making sure all the shifts are filled and keeping a close eye [on the weather].”
David Buck, spokesman for the Maryland State Highway Administration, said all of the state roads were open as of Monday and maintenance crews were already conducting conference calls in preparation for the storm.
Because rain is in the forecast, road crews won’t salt the roads ahead of the storm, Mr. Buck said.
He said his agency was still sending crews on Sunday to Garrett County, Md., to help with clean up from the superstorm. Unlike the coast, which was slammed with rain, the western side of Maryland was buried under three feet of wet snow.
“The problem was snow accumulation and so many trees were down,” Mr. Buck said. “It was just a very slow process to clear the trees, get wires out of the way then plow.”
Andrew Minick, an employee at Hardesty’s True Value hardware store in Grantsville, Md., said the store lost power last Monday and didn’t get it back until Friday evening.
“We had a generator, so we ran a couple lights, and the computer up front to ring people through,” Mr. Minick said. “But we didn’t print out receipts, they were handwritten.”
News of another storm headed toward the town, however, didn’t phase the Grantsville resident. Mr. Minick said “everyone’s fairly used” to bad weather, including snowstorms.
“It’s just a matter of the power companies frantically trying to get things up and running,” he said, adding that for the residents of Garrett County, “It’s just another day.”
• This story is based in part on wire service reports.
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