October 31st, 2012 by WCBC Radio
Scores of roads are closed. Thousands of homes have water in the basement. Many residents spent the night in shelters. Power is out for 15,000 customers. That is the situation for Garrett County which was hit by a blizzard as part of the fall out from Hurricane Sandy. Multiple tractor-trailers, disabled by a blizzard in far western Maryland, were blocking the westbound lanes of Interstate 68 near the Allegany-Garrett county line Monday night into Tuesday according to Maryland State Police. Police report about 18 inches of snow spawned by Superstorm Sandy had caused multiple wrecks, but no injuries, as tractor-trailers struggled to climb slippery Big Savage Mountain near Finzel. Paul Mullen with 92.3 FM Radio in Oakland said the combination of impassable roads, blowing snow and thousands without power have virtually shutdown the county.