July 3, 2023 Storm Damage Response


Category: Emergency Services

This page has been updated to include new information for residents affected by the storms on July 3, 2023. 

July 6, 2023, 10 AM

Emergency Permits Available for Storm Damaged Properties

Property owners who experienced structural damage caused by the severe storm event on Monday, July 3, 2023 are eligible to apply for an emergency building repair permit through the Talbot County Permits and Inspections Office. These permits allow owners to repair existing facilities that were damaged during the storm without having to go through the normal permitting process.

“The goal of emergency permits is to get residents back in their homes and businesses as soon as possible,” said Brent Garner, Building Official for the County. “Our team is ready to assist individuals with the process and expedite permits as needed.”

If a resident is interested in applying for an emergency building repair permit, they should call Permits and Inspections and ask to speak with Brent Garner. The team will evaluate the structures, conduct a review, and issue repair permits as needed.

For more information, please contact the Permits and Inspections at 410-770-6840 or email BGarner@talbotcountymd.gov.

July 5, 2023, 1 PM

Please see the following information for those who experienced storm damage in Talbot County from the July 3rd severe weather event. This information is also on the Talbot County DES Facebook page to be shared.

Virtual Disaster Assistance Center

What: The Maryland Insurance Administration is opening a Virtual Disaster Center to help anyone with insurance-related issues or questions about damage from recent weather events. The event is free, no registration required.

Where: Virtual at https://www.zoomgov.com/j/1609113971 or Dial-in number 646-828-7666, Meeting ID 160 911 3971. 

When: Friday, July 7 from 12-2 PM

Storm Clean Up - Brush Drop Off at Black Walnut Point Parking Lot

What: Residents may drop off tree limbs and brush for removal from Department of Public Works. This drop off is for residential tree limbs and brush ONLY. 

Please do not drop off: 

  • Wood chips
  • Whole trees
  • Trash
  • Flammable items 
  • Debris from homes

Tree limb and brush as a result of the July 3rd storms are only being collected from July 5th to July 10th 


Where: Black Walnut Point Park, in the parking lot - access to Naval Research Lab CANNOT be blocked off. All brush must remain in parking lot. 

When: Drop off starting today until Monday, July 10, 2023.

July 4, 2023, 11 AM

Talbot County Emergency Services assesses damage of property in Tilghman Island after the severe storm on July 3, 2023.

On Monday, July 3, 2023, at approximately 7 p.m., reports of a strong storm in Talbot County near Tilghman Island came into the Department of Emergency Services dispatch center. Fire and police personnel were dispatched to the area minutes later. Shortly after, reports of additional storm damage from around the County were received.

The area had sustained damage to houses and had downed power lines and fallen trees. Two homes were deemed uninhabitable by Talbot County building inspectors. Red Cross is assisting the individuals who may be displaced.  Emergency Services and Public Works continues to inspect property damage this morning. As of 6 a.m., the county has received 15 reports of storm damage within the Tilghman Island storm area. Approximately 20 entries of “moderate damage” were reported during Emergency Service’s survey assessment at 9 a.m. in the Tilghman area.  

Multiple power lines on Island Creek Road and Coopertown Road were downed during the storm. Currently, fewer than 5 customers are experiencing power outages. Delmarva Power is on the scene and estimates full restoration to occur today. They will be working around the clock until power is fully restored and lines are repaired.  

Public Works crews have been working to clear trees from roadways and public property. Cleanup and damage assessment continues to be underway. 

“We would like to thank our volunteer fire departments throughout the county for responding to numerous incidents related to the storm, including several trees into homes, three structure fires, and lightning strikes,” said Department of Emergency Services (DES) Director Brian LeCates. “Thank you to the Sheriff's Office and Roads Department for their hard work assisting, and Delmarva Power for their quick and effective response.” 

If a individual is experiencing an immediate emergency, please call 911. Emergency Services is collecting data of the storm damage. If residents would like to contribute photos, please visit the DES Facebook Page. Only take photos if it is safe to do so. 


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