Move Cars and Belongings in Low-Lying Areas Ahead of Hurricane Sandy

Posted 8:32 a.m.

national weather service track for sandyHurricane 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

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.

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31 responses to “Move Cars and Belongings in Low-Lying Areas Ahead of Hurricane Sandy”

  1. Anonymous says :

    Close School

  2. Anonymous says :

    You need to close schools this afternoon. This will eliminate the concern of parents with children that walk to school. Why bring them in at 7 AM and then have the strorm intensify?
    Make the decison by 2:00 PM today!

    • Anonymous says :

      people that are complaining about needing to close school will be the one complaining about the close schools and nothing happened.

    • anonymous says :

      Yes, the sooner the better. I know many anxious parents, as the children in our neighborhood walk to and from school.

  3. someone who knows better says :

    you guys really need to address the winds as well. They will bring down trees. Just because we are not taking a direct hit the wind field spans over 400 miles. As someone who has lived in Florida for 20+ years through storms of many intensities, it seems the people here are not taking this storm seriously enough in NOVA. NO ONE should be on the roads that isn’t involved with emergency services when the winds reach 35+ and we will have those winds, possibly higher by lunch time Monday. People up here can’t drive on a good day let alone what is coming people should be encouraged to stay home, not get out on the roads. Take a note from the folks up in NYC.

  4. Anonymous says :

    I definitely agree with the comment made on an earlier post on how will FCPS be able to communicate school delay/closing if their is a power outage. Especially for people who don’t have internet on mobile devices. That is why FCPS needs to make a decision ASAP. Preferably NOT on 3am Monday which also causes much inconvenience.

  5. Anonymous says :

    FCPS needs to make a decision ASAP. Close Schools please so families and employees can make arrangements to stay off the roads.

  6. TC says :

    One other concern: trash pickup and scheduled bulk pickup tomorrow? Or not?

  7. Anonymous says :

    Fairfax County please tell give us an answer ASAP not at 5am monday morning

  8. Anonymous says :

    I won’t be sending my child to school on Monday, and I’ll be asking my spouse to stay home from work.

  9. Anonymous says :

    Close the schools- if people loose power how will they know to send their child. Make the call Fairfax! DC has!

  10. Lee Ward says :

    close the government NOW! Trees will be falling,limbs flying and roads flooding.Activate the COOP plan.

  11. Anonymous says :

    we will not complain “if nothing happens” and they closed schools. You know why? Sandy is coming like a freight train and nothing will stop this super storm from coming at this point.

    • Silky55 says :

      Nothing was gonna stop it anyway. At this point it’s just hope like hell it won’t be a direct impact. And that FCPS can see this as well.

  12. Silky55 says :

    Is Big Bird gonna have to step on the entire county to show FCPS we’re gonna be in some big trouble soon? Save us the headache and anxiety. Just close schools now while we still have electricity.

  13. Anonymous says :

    “if nothing happens”..??…..take a look at radar my friend

    • Anon says :

      I am a student in this school district and I am one of the many students that has to walk to school. I don’t feel the prospect of having to walk tomorrow is going to be safe for me and many students like me.

  14. Anonymous says :

    As a concerned adult, please give us an answer by early evening today about school closures. No one, parent nor staff, will want to travel during this storm.

  15. Anonymous says :

    THANK YOU Fairfax County!

  16. anonymous says :

    What a relief! Thank you very much.

  17. Anonymous says :

    Yes, they closed Mon & Tues

  18. anonymous says :

    The lives of children are in concern… Please close schools!

  19. :0-Hi says :

    They aren’t sure if the schools are going to be closed, though they made the announcement.
    Schools may open or close depending on the weather.