UPDATE: Emergency Shelter Open for Residents and Animals;

Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 551
Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
703-324-3187, TTY 711, FAX 703-324-2010

June 26, 2006

UPDATE: Emergency Shelter Open for Residents and Animals;
Roads Affected in Northern Virginia

In response to heavy rains this weekend that have caused localized flooding in the Arlington Terrace section of southeastern Fairfax County, the county and the American Red Cross have opened an emergency shelter at Edison High School, 5801 Franconia Road, Alexandria. If residents are experiencing flooding, they should seek higher ground or evacuate immediately to the shelter. Residents may drive to the location and enter the building using exits 12 and 14. Animals will be accepted at the shelter.

People who evacuated due to flooding should not return to their residence until the county has inspected them and approved the homes for re-entry. Residents are encouraged to call 703-817-7771, TTY 711, for updates in English and Spanish about when it is safe to return.

Many roads in the region are affected due to flooding, so residents are advised to be careful and follow the tips below. For the latest information on specific roads, call 511 or visit www.511virginia.org or virginiadot.org.

Fairfax County has partially activated its Alternate Emergency Operations Center at the Fairfax County Government Center to monitor and respond to this situation.

If a flood is likely in your area, you should:

  • Listen to the radio or television for information.
  • Be aware that flash flooding can occur. 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, canyons, 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.

If you must prepare to evacuate, you should do the following:

  • Secure your home. If you have time, bring in outdoor furniture. Move essential items to an upper floor.
  • Turn off utilities at the main switches or valves if instructed to do so. Disconnect electrical appliances. Do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water.

If you have to leave your home, remember these evacuation tips:

  • Do not walk through moving water. Six inches of moving water can make you fall. If you have to walk in water, walk where the water is not moving. Use a stick to check the firmness of the ground in front of you.
  • Do not drive into flooded areas. If floodwaters rise around your car, abandon the car and move to higher ground if you can do so safely. You and the vehicle can be quickly swept away.

The following are important points to remember when driving in flood conditions:

  • Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars causing loss of control and possible stalling.
  • A foot of water will float many vehicles.
  • Two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles including sport utility vehicles (SUV’s) and pick-ups.
To request this information in an alternate format, call the Office of Public Affairs at 703-324-3187, TTY 711.

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