Flood Watch Continues for Fairfax County


Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 551
Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
703-324-3187, TTY 703-324-2935, FAX 703-324-2010

Aug. 14 , 2004

 

Flood Watch Continues for Fairfax County

 

Fairfax County continues to be under a flood watch issued by the National Weather Service. Occasional periods of light and heavy rain are expected to begin by early afternoon and continue throughout the evening and early Sunday morning. Occasional thunderstorms are likely which could produce heavy rainfall and wind gusts up to 32 mph. County residents should be prepared for possible flooding over the next few days and take the following precautions to protect your family and property.

  • Monitor your local news and NOAA Weather Radio for weather-related information. Weather information is available on the National Weather Service’s Web site at www.nws.noaa.gov.
  • Never drive, walk or swim through swiftly moving water. Floodwaters that are above your knees are dangerous. Water that is two feet deep can carry away most cars, including SUVs. If you find floodwaters on the road, turn around and find an alternate route. Abandon your vehicle immediately if it becomes surrounded with water or the engine stalls.
  • Stay inside and off of the roads during periods of heavy rain.
  • Move your valuables and furniture to higher floors of your home.
  • Clear gutters of leaves and debris.
  • Check your family emergency kit to be sure it is stocked with essential supplies to last a minimum of three days. Include items like flashlights and batteries, battery-operated radio, weather radio, water, canned food and manual can opener, first aid supplies and medications. Make an emergency kit with supplies for your pet, as well.
  • Review your family disaster plan and be prepared to implement it. Include your family communications plan. Decide on a meeting place away from home where you and your family will gather if you need to leave your home and family members become separated.
  • Know how to get emergency information for your area. Fairfax County government provides emergency information on its Web site at www.fairfaxcounty.gov, on Government Cable Channel 16 and via the county Emergency Information Line at 703-817-7771, TTY 711.
  • Keep your battery-operated radio tuned to a local station, and follow all instructions. If you are told to evacuate, please cooperate with public safety officials.

For more information on flood preparedness, visit the Fairfax County Web site at www.fairfaxcounty.gov or call the Fairfax County Emergency Information Line at 703-817-7771, TTY 711 for recorded information.


 

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