Hurricane Sandy: Prince George's County deals with storm

Private contractors and county inmates are teaming up in Prince George’s County to keep the County’s administration building from flooding. As rain waters from Sandy continue to soak the area, the two groups are working together to build a barrier around the building with hundreds of synthetic, sandbag-like pouches. When saturated, the pouches balloon and prevent rain from seeping in. The contractors and inmates have been working since 8am Monday morning.

Inside, 311 Call Center representatives answered phone calls about shelters, transportation and a need for sandbags. Unfortunately, the County is not handing out sandbags. Representatives say they’ve taken more than 300 phone calls and expect things to get extremely busy Monday night.

To handle the potential spike in calls, the Prince George’s County 311 Center plans to stay open until midnight.

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