Even as the sun attempts to break through these clouds, the recent weather has largely impacted the daily lives of our community. I would like to remind our constituents to continue to exercise caution. Sadly, the flooding has led to the death of two Fairfax County residents. Therefore, I wanted to provide the community with some safety tips, and some more updates on the current situation.
Emergency declarations have been made for Fairfax County. Fairfax County has fully activated their local emergency operations centers.
A flash flood watch is in effect for the entire area until 8 p.m. Friday.
- Fairfax County: schools closed, Government on unscheduled leave, Friday, 9 September
- Power Outages are minimal with Dominion Power reporting approximately 1,500 customers in the Northern Virginia area without power as of 11:00 a.m..
- Transportation–Virginia Railway Express: No VRE service on Friday, 9 September
The following links will provide you with timely and important safety information for you regarding the effects of this weather.
- Fairfax County Office of Emergency Management
- Dominion Virginia Power
- Fairfax County Emergency Information Blog
- The Virginia Department of Emergency Management Virginia Emergency Website
- VDOT has requested that citizens report traffic issues to 1 800 FOR ROAD (1-800-367-7623).
- Virginia 511 – This website will have the most accurate and up to date information regarding road conditions.
With both Fairfax County schools closed today, the inclination will be to “go out” and enjoy the day with your children. Remember – PLEASE do not attempt to drive through standing water and PLEASE do not disregard VDOT warnings regarding high standing water on the roads.
For those fighting back the water creeping into their homes, WTOP has an excellent article on how to prevent home flooding: WTOP Guide – Protecting Your Home
I will post any new updates I receive.