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Prince George's County Residents Displaced After Microburst

4:18 PM, Jun 26, 2012   |    comments
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BLADENSBURG, Md. (WUSA) -- Prince George's County Office of Emergency Management officials wants all residents impacted by a microburst on Friday night that caused severe damage throughout the community to contact county officials.

A microburst is a small, very intense downdraft that moves to the ground resulting in strong winds and significant damage. A microburst can produce wind gusts over 100 mph, and last around 5 to 15 minutes.

According to police, 15 multi-family homes were damaged on Newton Street between 52nd and 55th Avenues in Bladensburg. Minor injuries were reported.

Displaced residents stayed at a temporary shelter at Rodgers Heights Elementary on Friday, but were moved to Bladensburg High School at 2 p.m. on Saturday. The shelter at the high school will continue to be operated until Wednesday.

Officials say they are still working with displaced residents and there has been progress on clean-up.

County officials are assessing damages and trying to determine whether the county  meets the threshold for a Declaration of Emergency in order to receive federal assistance. Officials are asking that all residents impacted in the towns of Bladensburg and Cheverly as well as any nearby areas to call the Emergency Operations Hotline at 301-583-2230 so they can inspect damage. 

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