Power outages, downed trees reported throughout Fairfax

December 9, 2013 8:44 amBy: 

freezeAn increasing number of power outages are occurring this morning as a result of the freezing rain and icing overnight. In addition, there are multiple reports of downed trees. In all cases, you should stay away from downed wires near downed trees. Electricity can travel through tree limbs. Never remove tree limbs or other items that are touching or near a downed wire.

If a Tree Hits Your Home

  1. Get everyone safely out of your house. Go to a nearby shelter (another home or open public facility) to stay dry and out of the elements.
  2. Use your cellphone or go to a neighbor and call 9-1-1.
  3. Stay away from the home until public safety employees can access the home for structural stability and ensure utilities are controlled.
  4. Only after all of these safety measures have taken place should you call your insurance company.

For downed trees near roads or not into a home:

  • Adjacent to Public Roads: Contact Virginia Department of Transportation at 1-800-FOR-ROAD, TTY 711.
  • On County Parkland: Contact Fairfax County Park Authority at 703-324-8594, TTY 703-324-3988.
  • Posing Hazard to Public Areas: Contact Fairfax County Urban Forestry at 703-324-1770, TTY 703-324-1877.
  • On Private Property: Removal is the property owner’s responsibility.

Power Outages

If your power goes out report your outage; never assume a neighbor has reported it.

  • Dominion Virginia Power: 1-866-DOM-HELP (1-866-366-4357), TTY 711; view outage map.
  • Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative (NOVEC): 1-888-335-0500 or 703-335-0500, TTY 711;view outage reports.

In addition, follow these safety tips:

  • Use a flashlight for emergency lighting. Never use candles.
  • Unplug electrical equipment until a steady power supply returns.
  • Practice proper generator and surface heater safety.
  • Leave one light turned on so you know when power is restored.
  • Eliminate unnecessary travel, especially by car. Traffic signals will stop working during an outage, creating traffic congestion. If you come upon a non-working traffic signal, treat each traffic light as a four-way stop, with the driver on the right having the right-of-way. Proceed with caution only when traffic permits and enter intersections only when it is safe to do so, using your turn signals to let other motorists know your intentions.
  • If traffic lights are on flash, treat a flashing red as a stop (treat it like a stop sign). For flashing yellow, proceed with caution.

You also can find information from the Virginia Department of Transportation and Fairfax County detailing various road issues on our new emergency road maps Web page.

Comments

More Top Stories

  • Arlington Fairfax Police & Crime Top Stories Open season on pedestrians; five killed in hit-and-run accidents

    Open season on pedestrians; five killed in hit-and-run accidents

    It’s dangerous out there for pedestrians and bicyclists. Virginia State Police say five pedestrians and one biker have been struck and killed in hit-and-run accidents in the past two months. Many more have been injured, including two men who were struck in an Arlington parking lot, allegedly by a Fairfax woman, earlier this week. In the Arlington incident, Alexandra Mendez, 39, was arrested at her Fairfax home and was being held in the Arlington Adult Detention Center. She is accused […]

    Read more →
  • Floods & Natural Disasters Top Stories Winter storm threatens Monday’s commute

    Winter storm threatens Monday’s commute

    Beginning with the Monday morning commute, the Virginia Department of Transportation is asking drivers to plan for the next 36 hours, as crews prepare for the next three rush hours to be impacted by a wintry mix and up to five inches of snow. “Drivers who go to work Monday will likely have a more difficult time getting home with a wintry mix and snow forecasted to continue throughout the day,” said Branco Vlacich, VDOT’s district maintenance engineer for northern […]

    Read more →
  • Top Stories Transportation Warner, Connolly on Metro: “Some answers but a lot of questions remain”

    Warner, Connolly on Metro: “Some answers but a lot of questions remain”

    The virtual blackout on information about the Jan. 12 Metro accident that killed one woman and hospitalized more than 80 others continued today, with a few rays of light getting through as the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority (WMATA) briefed members of the Virginia, Maryland and District Congressional delegations. Shamefully, all agencies except the D.C. City Council have kept the taxpayers and commuters who pay for the Metro system in the dark, assuring them […]

    Read more →
  • Centreville Chantilly Clifton County Government Oakton Politics Top Stories Schoeneman announces candidacy to succeed Frey in Sully District

    Schoeneman announces candidacy to succeed Frey in Sully District

    Fairfax County Electoral Board Secretary Brian Schoeneman has announced his intent to run for the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, seeking the seat being vacated by Supervisor Michael Frey (R-Sully), who announced his retirement on Monday. Schoeneman immediately picked up the endorsement of Pat Herrity (R-Springfield), who said he supported Schoeneman “100%.” “Having spent the last two years supervising elections in Fairfax County, I realized that I could better serve my community by putting my name on a ballot, rather […]

    Read more →
  • County Government Politics Top Stories Sully District’s Michael Frey won’t run again

    Sully District’s Michael Frey won’t run again

    Sully District Supervisor Michael Frey says he will not seek re-election to the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. Frey, a 24-year veteran, made the announcement in an email to his constituents this morning, saying that during his time on the board, Fairfax County has “grown and developed into one of the most amazing places to live, work and raise a family not just in Northern Virginia but the entire country.” We have an active and engaged community of citizens who work […]

    Read more →
  • County Government Top Stories Elected county board, school board members prepare to vote themselves a raise

    Elected county board, school board members prepare to vote themselves a raise

    The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors is frequently at odds with the Fairfax County School Board, which relies on the county board for its funding. The schools spend too much, the county board complains. The county pays too little, the school board complains. But on one thing, they both agree: their salaries should be increased. Both the county board and the school board are moving in a stately and steady manner towards giving themselves whopping raises in a year when […]

    Read more →
  • Top Stories Transportation Connolly, Beyer call for “clear and thorough” probe of fatal Metro accident

    Connolly, Beyer call for “clear and thorough” probe of fatal Metro accident

    Congressmen Don Beyer (D-VA) and Gerry Connolly (D-VA) are calling for a “clear and thorough” investigation of the Metro Yellow Line accident that left at least one person dead and many others ill. “We are heartbroken at the news of today’s events on the Metro line and await a clear and thorough accounting of the events that led to today’s tragedy.  No one should fear for their lives on their commute.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and […]

    Read more →
  • Politics Top Stories House bill would raise Virginia’s minimum wage to $15.15

    House bill would raise Virginia’s minimum wage to $15.15

    As the 2015 legislative session is gearing up to begin, Delegate Marcus B. Simon (D-53rd) is taking on income inequality by targeting it at the source. One of his top priorities this session is bill HB 1512, legislation he introduced to raise the minimum wage in the Commonwealth to $15.15 per hour. Many residents of the Commonwealth work full time jobs yet still struggle to get by in the high-cost region. The Federal minimum wage has not been indexed to keep […]

    Read more →