Move Cars and Belongings in Low-Lying Areas Ahead of Hurricane Sandy
Posted 8:32 a.m.
Hurricane Sandy continues to be a major threat to Fairfax County and could lead to substantial impacts in the next few days.
Residents in the Huntington neighborhood, and in other low-lying areas across the county, are encouraged to:
- Move vehicles to higher ground. Use common sense and don’t park in restricted areas. Try to avoid parking under trees when possible.
- Move any valuables from the basement, especially if your basement has flooded before.
Please note that with all high-intensity rainfall, street flooding is possible. If there is any possibility of a flash flood:
- Move immediately to higher ground.
- Do not wait for instructions to move.
- Be aware of streams, drainage channels and other areas known to flood suddenly.
- Flash floods can occur in these areas with or without such typical warnings as rain clouds or heavy rain.
This storm will bring the risk of flooding to streams, creeks and low-lying areas overnight Sunday through Tuesday. This may cause many secondary roadways to become impassable.
Motorists are reminded that if you find yourself driving in potential flash flood conditions, never drive through standing water on a roadway — turn around don’t drown. Water may be much deeper than you think, causing your car to stall or even get stuck in hidden debris.
Also, please keep children away from creeks that may rise rapidly.
County public works, emergency management and public safety personnel are monitoring the weather conditions and will begin emergency operations on Sunday.
We will alert residents should any additional information become available or actions necessary.
For the official NWS forecast, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/oem/weather.htm.
View our storm update from last night and learn about the opportunity to ask your questions tonight at 6 p.m. to Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova, County Executive Ed Long and other county officials.