The Rain is Heading Our Way, Are You Ready?
According to the National Weather Service a SEVERE WEATHER ALERT has been issued for Fairfax County. A flash flood watch is in effect from Wednesday, September 28, at 6 p.m. until Friday, September 30, at 8 a.m. Periods of heavy rain are expected which could cause flooding in low lying areas affecting many roads in Fairfax County. This storm could cause downed powerlines, trees, and road closures, etc.
We encourage you to sign up for the Fairfax Alerts so you can be the first to know about emergencies and events in your area. We want you to be prepared so think of items that you may need and have them in stock at your home for example: water, food, medication, flashlights, extra batteries, and pet supplies. These are just a few elements to think about, a more detailed list can be found here on the Fairfax County website.
Here are some other safety tips to consider:
- We want to remind you if you see a roadway covered in water, do not attempt to pass; water levels can be much deeper than they appear. Contact the police to check it out.
- Do not cross or go around traffic control barriers such as orange cones, flares and “Road Closed” signs. These are in place for your safety. If you feel the roadway is safe to pass, call the non-emergency number to have an officer go by and check on it.
- Flash flooding could cause damage to the roadway that cannot be seen so be extra cautious.
- Remind your children not to play in or near the water; water currents can be swift and strong; educate them about the dangers of flooding.
- If you see any hazards in the roadway, please report them to the Fairfax County Police Department on our non-emergency number 703-691-2131, or in case of an emergency please call 9-1-1.
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