A shelter for victims of last Friday's powerful microburst which swept through Bladensburg and Cheverly closed yesterday afternoon.
The shelter, located at Bladensburg High School, housed at one point up to 20 people who had been displaced by the powerful storm. In all, more than 600 area residents were displaced when the storm dealt heavy damage to a number of homes and apartments.
County emergency management officials will continue to operate a satellite service center at 425 Brightseat Road in Landover, open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. There, residents affected by the storm will be able to seek assistance for their disaster related needs.
“Over the past week, nearly a thousand County, State, and municipal employees along with over a hundred of volunteers have responded to the damage caused by last Friday's microburst" said County Executive Rushern Baker in a press release. “This has been a very difficult week for many of our County's residents impacted by last Friday's storm, I am extremely grateful for our agencies collaborations and outreach of support to our impacted residents. I want to again encourage donations to the Prince George's County Department of Social Services and the American Red Cross to assist in this recovery effort."
County officials said that long-term housing has been found for most of the displaced residents, and others have been able to find temporary housing.
Now turn the task turns to completing a disaster assessment.
"The county is currently continuing to total damages from this microburst and analyzing whether the threshold is met for a 'Declaration of Emergency' in order to obtain federal assistance for uninsured damage costs," read a press release sent by the Prince George's County Office of Emergency Management.