Hurricane Irene Update (10:15 p.m.)
Hurricane Irene continues to impact Fairfax County at 10 p.m. Heavy bands of rain and squalls are affecting our area right now. Residents are urged to stay home and off the roads due to heavy rain, high winds and the possibility of downed wires and trees.
The National Weather Service predicts an additional 3 inches of rain in the county by 2 a.m. Sunday morning. Based on that information the county anticipates:
- Significant road flooding may be expected in the Huntington area.
- The BelleView /New Alexandria areas of the county are expected to experience localized street flooding.
- However, no structural flooding is anticipated. County staff is monitoring closely.
A local emergency has been declared for Fairfax County. Residents should not be alarmed to evacuate or take other actions than what’s already been shared. All roads designated with signs as a “snow emergency route” are now being enforced – it is unlawful to park any vehicle on an emergency route or to impede traffic . The emergency routes can be found at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/emergency/emergency-routes.htm.
The Fairfax County Police Department will remove any vehicle that is stalled, stuck, parked or abandoned on an emergency route. The owner or operator of a vehicle that is moved will be responsible for the towing fee, as well as a fine.