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Alexandria, Virginia Mayor Allison Silberberg – Winter Storm Update

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Alexandria, Virginia Mayor Allison Silberberg sends out heartfelt thanks

Alexandria, Virginia Mayor Allison Silberberg sent out this heartfelt thanks to the citizens of Alexandria this morning.

See previous emails from Mayor Silberberg at this link.

Dear Friends,

I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to all those who helped dig us out. As the Alexandria Gazette Packet reported this week, the Blizzard of 2016 was the worst storm to hit Alexandria since the Knickerbocker Storm of 1922. Approximately two feet of snow fell on Alexandria in about 36 hours. That is 50% more snow than we usually receive all winter!

SO PROUD OF HOW ALEXANDRIA PULLED TOGETHER!

While it was a trying time, we pulled together and we pulled through! I am so proud of how we pulled together. 

Neighbors helped neighbors, and strangers helped out those in need all across our city. Our 80 snow plow crews and many of our city staff worked around the clock. My hat is off to all of them and all of you! Thank you so much for making a difference!

Huge thanks to our City Manager, Mark Jinks, as well as Yon Lambert, the city’s Director of Transportation & Environmental Services, for leading the crews. My heartfelt thanks to each person on our snow clearing team and to all our staff and our first responders in law enforcement, the fire department, and EMS. I am grateful that each of them made it through the storm safely. 

In fact, the Alexandria Times praised how the city and citizenry responded. I share that sentiment and am so grateful. I am especially grateful that we did not have a fatality.

As most of you know, very early on Wednesday morning, our snow plow crews hit the promised goal of making each residential street passable for one of our cars to drive through. This was crucial, and our snow plow crews hit the mark. I witnessed how hard our amazing crews were working. Last Saturday at the height of the blizzard, I thanked one of our staff, who was working tirelessly to break up the salt in the machine on his truck, and the whole time the blizzard was pelting him with snow in freezing temperatures. He had total determination. Special thanks to all those on the crews who cleared roads and sidewalks for the city! As I stated a few days ago, they have true grit!

Our snow plow crews continue to tackle the snow piles we see at the corners and along our streets. They are also clearing sidewalks. The digging out continues for sure. And we will not stop until we finish the job. 

SIDEWALKS CONTINUE TO NEED OUR ATTENTION!

All of us will need to continue to clear our sidewalks adjacent to our homes. This is so important for pedestrian safety. So please continue to monitor and clear your sidewalk.

Please note that there is still some black ice, especially at night. One physical therapist told me this week that she has seen numerous people because they fell in recent days. So this continues to be a time to stay safe. 

WATCH FOR ICE & SNOW FALLING FROM THE ROOFTOPS

Please continue to be aware of snow and ice that are falling from the rooftops. This is a serious concern for us all.

ICE MELTS EACH DAY & MAY REFREEZE AT NIGHT

Please be aware that everything continues to refreeze each evening.

PLEASE CHECK ON YOUR ELDERLY NEIGHBORS!

Please continue to check on your elderly neighbors. 

Thank you, one and all!

Allison Silberberg

(Flickr Pool photo via Donnie Weatherhead, on Flickr)

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