Storm Update: 7.28.2022
Preparing Woody Debris for Collection
Due to the extreme amount of tree debris created by Tuesday's storm, the requirements to prepare woody debris for curbside collection are relaxed now through August 15, 2022. Please cut large diameter branches & limbs into sections no more than 8 feet in length. Please contact the City's Department of Public Works (240.487.3590) to let us the size and quantity of the material you set out the curb, as this will dictate the equipment sent to perform the collection.
New Tree Permitting Requirements and Waiver for 7.12.2022 Storm Related Damage
If you have a fallen or damaged tree on your property because of the severe weather event on 7-12-2022, you can remove the tree or fallen branches without a permit. Document or photograph the damage/emergency and send to DPW after (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Those who wish to remove or prune a surviving tree must submit an application for a permit.
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Power Outages and Reporting
Report any power outages to Pepco at 877-737-2662. For the latest power outage information/status, please visit www.pepco.com/Outages.
Report any suspected gas leaks to 9-1-1.
Report any downed wires to Pepco at 877-737-2662.
The storm from Tuesday, 7/12/22 caused extensive damage throughout College Park; the Lakeland area was particularly hit hard by the storm. Estimates indicate peak wind gusts as high as 90 mph swept through areas of College Park taking down trees and causing structural damage to several homes. Hundreds of trees throughout the City are estimated to have been damaged or fallen, many of which fell by the roots. Thankfully, there have been no serious injuries reported.
Since the weather emergency started, City staff and crews have been working around the clock to clear roads to make them passable and accessible. The City has been in constant communication with Pepco, Prince George’s County, University of Maryland, neighboring municipalities, and State representatives to help with clean-up efforts, and provide help and resources to affected residents. The City has also been working continuously with Pepco to restore power as quickly as possible to our residents. Cooling centers with charging stations were designated at nearby facilities, including the City’s Youth and Family Services and City Hall, to help those without power.
This has been a very challenging time for many of our residents. Cleanup efforts will continue for the coming weeks ahead. Please be patient; we are working as quickly as possible to clear City streets and paths while ensure staff safety, as well as restore services to residents. We are grateful to our community for coming together during this time of need, and showing the region (and the nation) the strength of the College Park community. Thank you College Park.