Hurricane Florence Impact Update

Flood watch versus flood warning

Posted 10:55 a.m.

The latest models and forecasts show Hurricane Florence tracking farther south of Fairfax County, potentially decreasing its impact locally.

Rain is still expected and flooding conditions may occur in the coming days, so we’re not out of preparedness mode yet for this storm. Hurricane forecasts and tracks can change, so please remain vigilant and prepared.

Here are the latest 11 a.m. predictions:

For the latest forecast, check out:


Sandbag Update

Our Department of Public Works and Environmental Services has secured 10,000 sandbags, available at four locations:

  • Mount Vernon RECenter, 2017 Belle View Blvd., Alexandria
  • Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke
  • Reston Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive, Reston
  • McLean Governmental Center, 1437 Balls Hill Road, McLean

County staff will be on site to help residents fill the bags today until 7 p.m., and from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday (or until the bags are gone).


Flooding Preparedness

  • Make sure your gutters and downspouts are clear of debris and that water flows away from your home.
  • If you live in an area prone to flooding or have had flooding in the past, move valuables from the basement; at least move items off the floor onto higher shelves if possible.
  • Residential sewer backups normally enter the home through the closest discharge point at the lowest elevation. These points are likely to include sinks, shower drains, floor drains, and toilets located on the basement levels of homes. If a sanitary sewer backup does occur, residents are encouraged to call the Trouble Response Center (703-323-1221 or 703-239-8444) for additional assistance.
  • If roads flood in the coming days, please turn around, don’t drown. Also, do not move barricades to drive through flooded roads. Find an alternate route.



Road Information

In the coming days, our Police Department will provide updates about any road closures. In addition, the Virginia Department of Transportation advises:




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