At approximately 8:15 pm March 2, 2018, a large tree fell across Rt 214 just east of River Club Drive posing an immediate and significant hazard to motorists. With the high volume of calls throughout the area due to high winds, trees and wires down, all WBVFD units were occupied on other calls. Utility 20, a small fire department vehicle was sent to assess and guard the area until more fire apparatus became available. U20 arrived to find full tree had fallen atop the high tension power lines, supplying the #MayoPeninsula power.
Once available, while awaiting the arrival of BGE and tree removal companies, the Woodland Beach Volunteer Fire Department Engine 2-2 and Chief 2 were able to make it to the east side of the incident to ensure medical and fire protection for those confined to the peninsula. One medical call was dispatched during the road closure and was successfully completed due to the coordination of all personnel on scene.
We understand everyone’s frustration with the situation, however rest assured, we did everything in our power to ensure the safety of our citizens and we believe that the process went well. Continue to use caution when driving through the area and watch for branches along side the road.