Governor McAuliffe and Chairman Bulova Provide Update, Emphasize Need for Patience
Posted 5:01 p.m.
Gov. Terry McAuliffe was in Fairfax County today to assess the damage of this weekend’s blizzard in our area. The Governor and Chairman Sharon Bulova provided an update on storm clean up efforts and community priorities for what the Chairman called the Big Dig Out.
Both emphasized the need for continued patience in the coming days.
“This was a massive storm event with a tremendous amount of snow. It will take a while to move it. We have 13,ooo pieces of equipment and we are adding more resources. We in the state are responsible for 58,000 miles of roads. Please stay off the roads and let our plows do their work.” said McAuliffe.
Watch the news conference:
Chairman Bulova outlined her community priorities as the Big Dig Out continues:
- Please stay off the roads. It is critical that VDOT crews are able to effectively clear the streets and public safety can respond to emergencies. You can track VDOT snow plow progress online. Clean up will take several days!
- There are miles of sidewalks that need to be shoveled and we need your help. While you are out today shoveling, please make sure all the sidewalks and walking paths in your neighborhood are shoveled. Help out your older or disabled neighbors who are not able to shovel. We also ask that you shovel out fire hydrants. By working together, we will get back to normal much faster
- Please avoid walking in the streets, you are putting your life in danger.
- Check on neighbors – stop by or give a neighbor a call if you haven’t seen them in a couple days. Take a moment to see if they are OK or need anything.
- We are working with our faith community and nonprofit partners to shelter our homeless population throughout this storm event. This is a multi-faith response and a real demonstration of our unique Fairfax County culture. If you see someone who is unsheltered call the police non-emergency number at 703-691-2131.
We have many ways you can choose to stay informed during this blizzard:
- Snow Update Hub: Check out this page for continuous updates from key sources such as the county, National Weather Service, VDOT and many more.
- This Emergency Information Blog, which will feature status updates, safety tips and more.
- Follow us directly on Twitter at @fairfaxcountyemergency
- If you’re on Facebook, we’ll post key updates on our page.
- Fairfax Alerts for important weather updates by email or text.
- More ways to stay informed