Residual Effects from Previous Storms Displaces 200 Riverdale Residents

Temporary shelter at Bladensburg High School

Riverdale, MD –The Prince George’s County Department of Environment Resources (DER) has condemned a 65-unit apartment complex located at 5315 Riverdale Park, Riverdale Maryland due to the residual effects caused by the recent storms. Last evening, Prince George’s County Fire/Emergency Medical Services responders began deployment after receiving a 911 call regarding a water leak.

Residents residing in the affected area have been vacated. This facility will remain condemned until an official assessment is determined. Officials from the American Red Cross and the Department of Social Services are on the scene and are assisting with displaced families. Since last night, a temporary shelter was established at Bladensburg High School, 4200 57th Avenue. Any impacted resident needing assistance, information or shelter, should call the Prince George’s County Emergency Operation Center at 301-583-1950.

Prince George’s County Requests Donations for Victims of Bladensburg Microburst

Prince George’s County Requests Donations for Victims of Bladensburg Microburst

County seeks donations for displaced residents

Bladensburg, MD – After the devastation of the microburst that occurred last Friday evening in Bladensburg, Prince George’s County is seeking assistance from the public through donations of food, clothing, and financial contributions for approximately 600 displaced residents.  Many of the structures these residents were living in were severely damaged and remain uninhabitable.  Displaced residents have been able to retrieve a limited amount of their belongings as their property was damaged by the storm and subsequent structural damage.  As the County works with all displaced residents to find both short and long term housing solutions, assistance is welcome and desired from the public.

“We greatly appreciate those who have already made donations since last weekend, and hope the donations will continue to assist our displaced residents recovering from this devastating storm,” said Prince George’ s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III.  “As County Executive, I have seen time and time again neighbors helping out neighbors in Prince George’s County, around the region, nation and around the world.  As we face another challenge within our County, I am confident that together we will persevere.”

Financial contributions can be made through a special fund established for those impacted.  The fund will assist with food replacement, housing assistance, emergency assistance clothing and emergency housing assistance.  The Finance Office of the Prince George’s County Department of Social Services will accept the donations sent or brought to: 805 Brightseat Road, Landover, MD  20785.  Please make checks or money orders payable to: Prince George’s County Department of Social Services and note in the memo section “Bladensburg Microburst Lay Fund.”

In addition, the following items are being requested and can be delivered until this Friday, June 29th from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. at 425 Brightseat Road, Landover, MD  20785.  The items donated will go directly to the families impacted and displaced by the storm. We are especially seeking donations of:

      -Pantry food items that are non-perishable.

      -Summertime seasonal new or near new clothing (men’s, women’s and children’s clothing) – folded and placed in boxes.

 -Furniture items cannot be accepted at this time.  Those community members wishing to donate furniture or appliances are asked to contact the Prince George’s County Department of Social Services at 301-909-6330.

Prince George’s County appreciates and counts on the assistance of the American Red Cross following this storm. Staff from the Department of Social Services and The Red Cross remain on site at Bladensburg  High School to continue case work and to make certain that all affected residents are appropriately helped. As of Tuesday evening, dozens of personnel from the Department of Social Services and The Red Cross acted immediately to staff shelters and have conducted mobile feedings for those impacted . Prince George’s County Public Schools assisted with the preparation of 150 meals.  The Red Cross has served 1,300 meals and 2,200 snacks, as well as had over a hundred staff and volunteers providing assistance.

In order for the American Red Cross to respond to incidents such as this microburst, as well as other emergencies that occur daily throughout the National Capital Region, they need support and donations.  Donations of support can be made to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for and provide shelter.

Bladensburg Microburst Update

To assess structural damages, County asks all residents impacted by structural damage from severe storms in Bladensburg and Cheverly on Friday night to contact County

 

Bladensburg, MD – The County continues recovery efforts following a microburst Friday evening in the Bladensburg and Cheverly communities.  As the County assesses damages and determines whether it meets the threshold for a Declaration of Emergency in order to receive federal assistance, it requests all residents impacted in the towns of Bladensburg and Cheverly as well as any nearby areas of this microburst to call the Emergency Operations Hotline at 301-583-2230 in order for them to inspect structural damage. Please note, County is looking for residents with structural damage only in areas within the vicinity of the microburst. The County’s Department of Environmental resources have inspected 126 structures, deeming 21 to be unsafe and uninhabitable. Residents cannot return to these structures until repairs are completed.

The Prince George’s County Office of Family Services, Department of Social Service, and the American Red Cross will continue to operate the shelter at Bladensburg High School, 4200 57th Avenue.  Food and updated information are available for impacted residents. County staff is reaching out and working with all displaced residents to find housing solutions.   Last night the shelter housed approximately 20 residents with additional residents using the shelter for food and updated information.  The shelter will remain open again tonight and any resident needing assistance, information or shelter, should call the Prince George’s County Emergency Operations Hotline at 301-583-2230. 

Prince George’s County also thanks the American Red Cross for their assistance and always being available to the County in our times of need.  We want to utilize this time to remind everyone that the Red Cross always need donations and volunteers in order to provide the services they do.  Please click here to donate.

Residents impacted by the high winds from the microburst in Bladensburg and Cheverly may dispose of storm-related debris at the Brown Station Road Sanitary Landfill and the Prince George’s County Yard Waste Composting Facility, free of charge, beginning Monday, June 25 through Friday, June 29, 2012.   Residents may enter the Brown Station Road Sanitary Landfill at the 11611 White House Road in Upper Marlboro between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. to dispose of their storm-related debris to include brush, tree limbs, roofing materials, siding and other damaged household items.  The Prince George’s County Yard Waste Composting Facility, located at 6601 E. Crain Highway in Upper Marlboro (from Crain Highway, proceed on Maude Savoy Brown Road and follow signs to the facility), will be open for residents to dispose of their storm-related brush and tree limbs only from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Verification of County residency will be required upon entering the Brown Station Road Sanitary Landfill and the Prince George’s County Yard Waste Composting Facility.  Commercial vehicles will be charged according to the normal disposal rates.  For more information on the disposal of storm-related debris, call the Department of Environmental Resources’ Waste Management Division at (301) 952-7622.