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Montgomery Co. Councilmember Battles Breast Cancer

GARRETT PARK, Md. (WUSA) -- Last month, Montgomery County Councilmember Nancy Floreen announced on her blog that she had early stage breast cancer. She felt nothing when she did her breast self exam; neither did her doctor during an annual clinical exam.

It took a mammogram screening to find the suspicious mass. Early detection is the key to beating breast cancer and that is Councilmember Floreen's message now.

Nancy Floreen's entire public life has been in service to the people of Montgomery County, Maryland. She was Mayor of the Town of Garrett Park; since 2002, an at-large member of the County Council; and she served a one-year term as Council President in 2010.

High Water Closes Parts Of C&O Canal

WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- Areas of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park are closed due to high water in the Potomac River, says the National Park Service.

Among the areas closed are:

  • Billy Goat Trail Section A and the Olmsted Island bridges in the Great Falls area
  • Spring Gap and Paw Paw campgrounds are closed.
  • All the Hiker Biker campsites and boat ramps should not be used.

High water has also covered the towpath areas near Whites Ferry and Edwards Ferry in Montgomery County, Harpers Ferry in Frederick and Washington Counties, and in the Dam 4 area in Washington County.

The park superintendent asks that visitors keep an eye on the river from a safe distance and have an escape plan. The river will continue rise Thursday and is predicted to remain high through the weekend.

Tornado Watch in Effect

From the Office of the Chief of Police:

The National Weather Service has issued a TORNADO WATCH for Montgomery County effective immediately until 8 pm tonight. Atmospheric conditions are favorable for severe thunderstorms and tornadic development. 
Be prepared. Tornadoes can form from severe thunderstorms with little or no advanced warning. Know your safe room in your home, at school, and at work.  If driving and a tornado is spotted, leave your car immediately and move to shelter or a low lying area. Do not use highway overpasses as shelters. Remain alert for the issuance of warnings.  

Wind Knocks Out Power, Causes Serious Damage

Wind Knocks Out Power, Causes Serious Damage

ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA) -- Wind gusts knocked down trees and wires, knocked out power, and blew roofs off in the DC metro area Friday.

Salt, Utility Trucks Hit The Roads Before Winter Storm

Salt, Utility Trucks Hit The Roads Before Winter Storm

ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA) -- Monday night, salt trucks were already working area roads and snow plows were standing by.

9NEWS NOW's Andrea McCarren traveled the I-270 corridor from the Beltway all the way up to Frederick to check out conditions Monday night.

Utility trucks from Florida and North Carolina rolled into the area after Pepco asked its partners for extra crews. Not surprisingly, there were none available from the Mid-Atlantic region. So, Pepco asked for 250 crews from the Southeast. The utility company was able to get 110 crews.

From Rockville to Frederick, 9NEWS NOW heard mixed reaction about the approach of yet another winter storm.

Snow plow operator Blake Talbot told us, "It's going to be an all chemical event, so I won't be dropping plow. But it's good to get salt on the ground, treat everything, make sure the roads are nice and safe for everybody. "

O'Malley Supports Fines Against Utilities for Extended Outages

O'Malley Supports Fines Against Utilities for Extended Outages

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WUSA) -- In the wake of a winter storm that left many Pepco customers in the dark for up to five days, Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley said he will support legislation to fine utilities and rebate money to customers in the future.

"You'd think by this point they'd have better systems in place," O'Malley said. "It really underscores why it is we need reliability legislation so that there are some financial incentives and financial penalties in place."

Meanwhile, Pepco crews and contractors continued work Monday to restore power to the last of the customers without electricity.

"We have people here now who watch the weather and start making hotel reservations," said North Bethesda resident Bob Schultz whose condo development saw outages that continued into Monday morning. "We have no expectation that we're going to have good electric service."

Police Probe Disruption Of Emergency Communication

ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) -- Montgomery County Police are investigating a disruption to its emergency communications center's wireless trunk lines during the snowstorm.

Officers say about 11 p.m. Wednesday, the emergency center was notified by neighboring call centers that there were problems with calls being received from wireless phones.

Officials contacted the service provider, Verizon, and the problem was fixed in 15 minutes.

Police say Verizon did not notify them of the outage, which the company had promised to do.