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The District of Columbia is receiving federal disaster aid for its recovery efforts after a June 29 storm that cut power to tens of thousands of homes and businesses.
Pepco says it tried new strategies as the June 29 derecho struck Maryland, according to a post-storm assessment the utility filed with the Maryland Public Service Commission Monday.
Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley has issued an executive order that calls for a study into improving infrastructure and burying power lines. It comes less than a month after a devastating derecho and a week after regulators gave Pepco the approval necessary to raise electric rates.
It's been nearly a month since a violent storm ripped through the region, one Bethesda family is still recovering.
The Maryland Public Service Commission will hold eight hearings where the public can approach power companies with comments related to the recent derecho.
David Turetsky, chief of Public Safety and Homeland Security for the FCC, told the commissions on Thursday that the investigation will also look at ways to improve the system like texting and the next generation of 911 service.
A leaky roof forced the evacuation of dozens of apartments in Riverdale.
The Maryland Public Service commission wants residents to weigh in on how well they think their electricity companies handled the massive power outages that occurred when the June 29 derecho left hundreds of thousands in the dark.
Almost two weeks after a severe storm swept through the region, leaving more than 840,000 Marylanders and about 9,000 Frederick County residents temporarily without power, insurance companies are still dealing with the aftermath.
Pressure is mounting for utilities to bury their power lines and to make sure there are enough people to help bring the lights back on when the power goes out.