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City of Alexandria Continues to Respond to Severe Storms

I saw the reports last night from various sources about how hard hit Alexandria was from last night’s storm. So, I rode around the north end of town this morning so see the damage for myself. I have to give the City a lot of credit for getting the downed street trees and power lines out of the public right-of-way.

Downed Tree
Downed tree
Looks like the only major damage in the Carlyle area was to this big maple tree in the Christ Church graveyard on Jamieson Ave. We’ll be out this weekend checking for cracked and/or broken tree branches, that may come down with the next high winds.

In case you missed it, here is an update from the City of Alexandria addressing their storm damage response.

City of Alexandria Continues to Respond to Severe Storms
Crews Work Around the Clock to Clear Debris; Call 703.746.HELP to Report Damage

August 6, 2010, 6:30 a.m.

The City of Alexandria continues to respond to the severe storms that resulted in significant damage and debris on Thursday. Alexandria experienced near hurricane-strength winds of up to 70 miles per hour, which caused widespread power outages, downed trees, and property damage.

City crews have worked around the clock to respond to emergencies and clear debris from roadways, with the goal of first ensuring that all streets are accessible to emergency and utility vehicles. Residents are asked to call the City’s Storm Hotline, at 703.746.HELP (4357), to report debris blocking a road, or to report any damage to a home or business. Debris on private property must be removed by the property owner. Owners who hire contractors to assist them are reminded that contractors are responsible for removing the yard waste they create. The City will not collect waste produced by contractors.

As of 6:30 a.m. on Friday, Dominion Virginia Power reported that approximately 10,600 customers were without electricity in Alexandria. Dominion is applying all available resources and working around the clock to restore power. Customers should report power outages or downed power lines to Dominion, at 866.DOM.HELP (866.366.4357). Customers without power should keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible, and discard any refrigerated or frozen food that has been at more than 41º F for more than two hours. Use flashlights instead of candles when possible, and never leave a candle burning unattended or while sleeping.

City government offices and facilities are open on Friday, with the following exceptions: the Mental Health, Mental Retardation, and Substance Abuse center at 720 N. St. Asaph Street is closed, but emergency services staff are available at 703.746.3400. The William Ramsey, Charles Barrett, and Cora Kelly Recreation Centers are closed. The Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum and Archaeology Museum are closed. Residents who need cooling should visit any library branch or open recreation center.

Mt. Vernon Community School will be closed on Friday, and all summer school programs will be cancelled. Samuel Tucker Elementary School will remain open on its normal schedule. All other Alexandria City Public Schools are closed as regularly scheduled for summer break.

For more storm related information and information on cancellations and closings, visit the City’s storm page at www.alexandriava.gov/Storm .

Visit alexandriava.gov for latest weather-related updates. Residents can also follow the City on Twitter or Facebook, or sign up for eNews updates.

Lee Hernly, Editor
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Lee Hernly is the Founder and Editor of Port City Wire, Alexandria, Virginia's best source for hyper-local news, opinion, and events. I live in the Old Town Alexandria area with my fantastic wife and son Sam. Oh, there’s Serena & Bea too. I’m so excited to meet new readers and see where you are from! Please be sure to leave a comment with a link to your blog so I can check it out!

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