Fairfax officials say Hurricane Florence will mean flooding for days

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Several days of flooding are likely for Fairfax County from Hurricane Florence, according to Fairfax County emergency management officials. Here’s what they’re predicting, as of late Tuesday morning:

  • 4-8 inches of rain beginning late Thursday into early Friday (though this prediction could increase or decrease); major winds should not be an issue.
  • Potential flooding over the weekend, especially as Florence is likely to stall over land and due to all the recent rain we’ve already received.
  • Rain and flooding impacts could last into early next week as flood waters from areas north and west of the county will move our way even after Florence passes. This is a potentially long-term flooding event for Fairfax County, so please pay attention to trusted sources for information.

Things to do now

Emergency officials recommend:

  • If possible to do so safely, clear loose and clogged rain gutters and downspouts before the storm arrives.
  • Trim trees and shrubbery. Rain-saturated ground increases risk for falling trees. Consult a certified arborist if you need help.
  • If you have a sump pump, make sure it is working and that the outlet pipe is not blocked. If possible, install a battery-operated backup in case of a power failure.
  • Move important indoor items to the highest possible floor.
  • Check in on elderly neighbors or those with access and functional needs to see if they need any assistance to prepare for the storm.

You can see more things to do by checking yesterday’s Fairfax County emergency planning blog article

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