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O'Malley acknowledges Md. snow challenges, asks for patience

O'Malley closeup.jpgMaryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) pleaded for patience with local officials and spoke of big challenges facing the state as it prepares for another 10 to 20 inches of snow.

"Here we go again," O'Malley said at the outset of a news conference shortly after noon at the Maryland Emergency Management Agency in Reisterstown. "As you can imagine, we have a lot of challenges now."

Among them, O'Malley said: Where to put the newly fallen snow after it's plowed? The governor said roadsides are already stacked so high that the goal will be to make highways "passable" for emergency vehicles.

O'Malley also acknowledged a "dwindling supply" of road salt.

The governor asked residents to tamp down their anger with local officials over roads that have not been adequately plowed. "There is no city or county government that is geared up to move all of this snow" as quickly as people would like, he said.

O'Malley's advice: "This is not a good day to be on the roads."

By John Wagner  |  February 9, 2010; 12:36 PM ET
Categories:  Governor , John Wagner  
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Comments

Stunningly tone-deaf of a politician to blame unrealistic constituent expectations (72 hours after the snow stopped). State has done a terrible job. O'Malley should apologize and say what he's going to do better this time.

Posted by: dcborn61 | February 9, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Can we please recall this guy? He could screw up a one-car funeral.

Posted by: Ombudsman1 | February 9, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

If you want better roadway snow removal, raise the gas tax. The gas tax is a joke. Highway funding is ridiculously low. If you don't want to pay taxes, don't complain about the lack of snow removal!

Posted by: bushisacrook | February 9, 2010 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Funny how anger over something like delayed snow removal in a record snow season and during a recession can't be quelled with simple logic.

It's gonna be slow. We are broke and experiencing abnormal amounts of snow. Lets be real.

Posted by: trident420 | February 9, 2010 6:57 PM | Report abuse

What's everyone carping about? I think the state has done a heck of a job. I live on a state road (Bradley Blvd in Bethesda) and the plows have been attacking it and keeping it passable since Friday. Likewise for the county with other main arteries in Bethesda. This is a 100-year event, people. Get a grip.

Posted by: woody2471 | February 10, 2010 6:16 PM | Report abuse

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