Power and water fully restored day after fatal accident in Crisfield housing complex

CRISFIELD, Md. –  A day after a contractor was killed and another was injured in an industrial accident at Somer’s Cove in Crisfield, utilities remain an issue for residents.

“The problem we had after the incident was that we had all these units with no power and no water for the night and residents with no heat and water,” said Crisfield Police Chief David Dalfonso.

A local elementary school was mobilized as a temporary shelter site, for elderly residents for whom not having working electricity can be life-threatening.

“We have vulnerable adults at this location people rely on the electricity for CPAP machines and other devices and many don’t have a lot of resources,” Dalfonso said. The City also distributed bottled water to residents, and will continue as a boil water advisory has now been declared. The advisory can last as long as one week, out of an abundance of caution.

“Typically when you have a break in a mainline you’ll get contaminants that get into the water system,” said Crisfield Housing Authority Executive Director Don Bibb. 

Power was temporarily restored Wednesday morning, with partial water restoration, but both were soon taken offline again to fully repair the main break. Bibb says serviced was expected to be restored as of 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

An OSHA investigation has been launched into the initial service incident, where one contractor was fatally electrocuted and another severely burned.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families, and we again ask for patience as we continue to bring resources back online for the apartments in the coming days,” said Crisfield Mayor Barry Dize in a statement to 47 ABC.

The disruptions in water and power has affected nearly 250 housing units.

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