Downed Trees? Here’s Who to Contact

Posted 8:35 a.m.

The “Snowquester” storm includes heavy, wet snow and strong winds, with gusts as high as 35-40 mph. Downed trees and downed power lines are expected — and we’re starting to get a few reports.

In all cases, stay away from downed wires near downed trees. Electricity can travel through tree limbs. Never remove tree limbs or other items that are touching or near a downed wire.

If a tree hits your home:

  1. Get everyone safely out of your house. Go to a nearby shelter (another home or open public facility) to stay dry and out of the elements.
  2. Use your cell phone or go to a neighbor and call 9-1-1.
  3. Stay away from the home until public safety employees can access the home for structural stability and ensure utilities are controlled.
  4. Only after all of these safety measures have taken place should you call your insurance company.

For downed trees near roads or not into a home:

Adjacent to Public Roads

  • Contact Virginia Department of Transportation at 1-800-FOR-ROAD, TTY 711.

On County Parkland

  • Contact Fairfax County Park Authority at 703-324-8594, TTY 703-324-3988.

Posing Hazard to Public Areas

  • Contact Fairfax County Urban Forestry at 703-324-1770, TTY 703-324-1877.

Private Property

  • Removal is the property owner’s responsibility.

About Fairfax County Emergency Information

Official emergency information about preparedness, response and recovery from Fairfax County Government.

4 responses to “Downed Trees? Here’s Who to Contact”

  1. Concerned says :

    Fairfax County Government is irresponsible for not closing its doors during this storm. This is a human safety issue. Most schools across Northern Va are closed. The federal government is closed. County governments surrounding Fairfax are closed including both Arlington and Loudon.

    • Anonymous says :

      Thought the same things this morning. Many of the other Government offices are closed- Prince William, Arlington etc as well as the Federal Government. Poor decision made by Fairfax County Government not to close for the day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Anonymous says :

      Agree with you 100%. They are telling folks to stay off the road due to safety issues and to allow the plows to do their work. Really Fairfax County Government. Even the Federal Government is out today-as well as other County Governments.