The Maryland Transportation Administration said MARC train service will resume normal service on Wednesday, and CSX said freight trains were rolling again Tuesday evening between Philadelphia and Richmond, though service farther north between the Mid-Atlantic and the Northeast could remain suspended for another 72 hours.
Amtrak, whose Northeast Corridor service between Washington and Boston remained suspended Tuesday, said limited service north and south of New York City might resume Wednesday, depending on damage assessments and cleanup progress. But crews were still working Tuesday to repair downed power lines and remove debris from its busiest route. Some tracks were also flooded.
“We’d like to start limited service Wednesday, but I can’t say if or where that would happen,” said Amtrak spokesman Steve Kulm. The corridor is Amtrak’s busiest, with more than 750,000 trips daily, including commuter runs. He said the storm affected service as far as New Orleans, Chicago and Miami.
Just as the region was spared Sandy’s worst, some areas in the suffered worse than others.
In the hard-hit town of Crisfield, Md., National Guard and swift water rescue teams evacuated more than 100 people from the Summer’s Cove area. Electricity had been cut off entirely to the city, and some residents remained stranded in the dark, sheltering on the second floor of homes flooded with five feet or more of water, officials said. And blizzard conditions shut down highways and knocked out power in the mountainous areas of western Virginia, West Virginia and western Maryland.
More flooding was expected throughout the area, however. Officials said the Potomac River had risen six inches between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m., and was less than a foot from its banks in some places. The National Weather Service said water levels should crest Wednesday or Thursday.
Politics were put on hold for a second day in Virginia, as former governors George F. Allen (R) and Timothy M. Kaine (D) took a break from their closely watched Senate race. Kaine said he wasn’t in the mood to watch television — too many negative ads about himself, he said — but wanted to catch up on sleep for the closing run toward Election Day.
Allen said he carved a pumpkin with his youngest child, Brooke, and performed chores his wife had for him.
“I had to do some stuff around the house, that’s for sure,” he said.
Kaine said he would resume campaigning on Wednesday.
Virginia resumed accepting in-person absentee ballots at some locations Tuesday, though sometimes with reduced hours. All were expected to reopen Wednesday, provided that heavy snow in the commonwealth’s mountainous areas didn’t interfere. Don Palmer, Secretary of the State Board of Elections, also called on locations affected by the storm to extend their absentee voting hours until absentee period ends Saturday.