Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D), who has been highly visible in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene, continued to survey damage Wednesday, making a morning stop in Anne Arundel County.
O’Malley was joined by House Speaker Michael E. Busch (D-Anne Arundel) and Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold (R) as he strolled along West Lake Drive in the Annapolis area.
The waterfront community suffered heavy damage from downed trees, including one that demolished the back room of a home O’Malley visited. The governor also had an impromptu chat with some utility workers from Alabama who have been helping to restore power.
Anne Arundel was among those counties with the highest numbers of outages in the state. As of 11:15 a.m., 35,687 customers in the county remained without power, according to figures released by the governor’s office.
Statewide, the figure was 163,554, according to the numbers.
Upon leaving West Lake Drive, O’Malley planned to meet with emergency management officials in Queen Anne’s County and tour a wastewater treatment plan in Millington, which sits on the line between Queen Anne’s and Kent counties.
Other Maryland officials have also been surveying damage in addition to O’Malley, who spent Tuesday in Southern Maryland.
That tour followed a similar assessment by state and federal lawmakers Sunday. House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer, a St. Mary’s County resident, organized an aerial tour of the damage for state and local officials with the Navy’s Search and Rescue team Sunday.
As O’Malley was in Southern Maryland on Tuesday, Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown (D) made stops in Anne Arundel, Prince George’s and Montgomery counties.