Hurricane Florence

Hello all,

I hope you all have been staying dry with so many rainy days we have had recently. Unfortunately, we may have a much more serious situation coming our way with Hurricane Florence making her way toward landfall.

Governor Northam declared a state of emergency last Saturday in advance of impact, anticipating the devastation Florence may have on the Commonwealth. A state of emergency serves to mobilize personnel and resources for storm impacts, and to speed the response to those communities that are damaged by the storm. This includes resources from Virginia Department of Emergency Management, the Virginia Department of Transportation, Virginia State Police, Virginia Department of Health, Virginia National Guard and others.

Florence could impact the Eastern Shore of Virginia on Thursday evening, September 13th, or Friday morning, September 14th. Northern Virginia will likely see the height of impact of the storm late Saturday, September 15ththrough the morning of Sunday, September 16th.

While Florence is not likely to hit Northern Virginia directly, we may experience high winds, heavy thunderstorms, and inland flooding beginning as early as the afternoon of Friday, September 14th.

As with the heavy rainfall we had earlier this summer, do nottry to traverse flooded roads on foot or in your vehicle. Six inches of moving water can knock you off of your feet, and a foot of water can carry your vehicle away. Also, while it may seem obvious, please do not allow children to play in flood water. You cannot necessarily see how deep the water is or what is below the surface, making it potentially dangerous.

I have included links to resources to help you prepare for any bad weather we have coming our way.

In the coming days and weeks, we may need to show compassion toward our fellow Virginians displaced by Hurricane Florence. In addition, do not forget to check on friends and neighbors, especially those who live alone or are elderly. 

Please be careful and stay safe. If there is anything you need, please do not hesitate to reach out to me or my office at 571-249-3453 at kim@eileenfillercorn.com.

Sincerely yours,

Eileen Filler- Corn

 

Resources:

va emergency gov hurricanes(may need to wait as site is experiencing overload at the time of my sending this out)

Police, Fire, Ambulance

  • Emergency: call or text 911
  • Public Safety Non-Emergency: 703-691-2131
  • Fairfax County Emergency Information Line: 703-817-7771

 

Utilities

  • Washington Gas: 1-800-752-7520
    Dominion Virginia Power: 1-866-DOM-HELP (1-866-366-4357)
    Fairfax Water: 703-698-5800, after hours: 703-698-5613

 

Flooding

  • Rising water that threatens your safety, call 9-1-1 
  • Storm flooding during regular business hours (Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.) - after-hours storm flooding emergencies that are not life threatening - 703-323-1211 and state that you are reporting a storm sewer emergency

 

Sanitary sewer flooding 

  • 703-323-1211; If you have damp walls or floors, contact a water removal or restoration company

 

Sewer Breaks or Back-ups 

  • 703-323-1211 or 703-250-2003

 

Septic System

  • Health Department:703-246-2201

 

Insurance

  • The Virginia state Bureau of Insurance offers free consumer guides entitled, "What to Do After an Insured Commercial Property Loss"', and "What to Do After an Insured Homeowners Loss". These guides are available at scc.virginia.gov/boi. The Bureau of Insurance has staff specifically trained to handle disaster insurance questions and problems. Phone: 804-371-9185 or 804-371-9185 or 9691. The toll-free number is 1-877-310-6560.

 

Roads

Tips from NOAA’s National Hurricane Center

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