Dear Friends and Neighbors,
The snow was beautiful coming down but not so
fun to clean up. Yesterday, the Governor held a
conference call with the Virginia Department of
Emergency Management and VDOT to discuss the
process for digging out. While it will be several days
before things get back to normal, please know that
VDOT crews, the State Police, the Virginia National
Guard, and many others are working around the clock
to make the roads accessible.
Please check on your neighbors, especially our
senior citizens, to make sure they have what they need
and that they are safe.
As a service to my constituents, I want to pass
along the following from VDOT regarding their snow
removal plan. Feel free to contact my office if you have
special circumstances or if your street is not plowed in
the timeframe outlined below. Thanks for your
VDOT Explains Snow Removal Plan
The following is provided by the Virginia
Department of Transportation As crews work
around the clock to keep main roads passable, VDOT
asks Northern Virginia residents to be patient over the
coming days. Crews must concentrate on interstates
and primary roads first, and will then begin to make
inroads into subdivisions.
It will be Monday before crews begin to focus on
subdivisions. It could take most of the week
especially with more snow expected Tuesday to
finish plowing neighborhoods in Fairfax, Loudoun, and
Prince William counties.
VDOT reminds residents of the following:
- The main, more heavily traveled roads in a
subdivision will be plowed first, to be followed by low-
volume roads and cul-de-sacs.
- Plows will make one or two trips to provide a path
through neighborhood streets, but they will not clear to
bare pavement or from curb to curb.
- Because chemicals are not used in subdivisions,
roads will remain snow packed and rutted after the
plow has passed. Crews will put sand on hills, curves,
and intersections as needed to provide traction.
- If planning to shovel their driveways, residents
should refrain from clearing the last few feet at the
curb until your street is plowed, as plows may push
snow back into driveways. It also helps to shovel to
the right as you face the road.
- VDOT does not remove snow from sidewalks or
- VDOT plow drivers have assigned routes that
include each and every state-maintained road in
- Call 911 if you have a medical emergency and
need to leave your home.
If by Wednesday, residents have not seen a plow
in their subdivision, they can call 703-383-VDOT or e-
mail email@example.com with the
location. Photos are also welcomed. Crews will be
dispatched to treat missed spots and problem areas.
For more information about Virginias efforts to
prepare for winter weather and other emergencies,
a.gov. The National Weather Service, Virginia
Department of Emergency Management, Virginia
Department of Social Services and other state
agencies have created the Ready Virginia resource
to provide residents and visitors with a one-stop shop
for emergency preparedness tips and information.
Summary of Virginia Situation Report
The following information is taken from recent
situation reports from VDOT and the Virginia
Department of Emergency Management.
- The Governor declared a state of emergency
Wednesday to enable state agencies to quickly assist
local government response.
- The Virginia National Guard has approximately
500 personnel currently on state active duty. VNG
teams will assist local fire, law enforcement, and
emergency medical services.
- Dominion Virginia Power and electric power
cooperatives across Virginia are reporting
approximately 182,000 power outages. Crews are
coming from out of state to assist with restoration
- Sunday and Monday, crews and equipment
finishing up snow removal in the Richmond and
Hampton Roads areas will head to Northern Virginia
to assist 1,900 trucks already plowing this hard-hit
- Customers across the state are experiencing
wireless service disruptions.
- From midnight Friday through noon Saturday the
Virginia State Police responded to 1,323 traffic
crashes and 1,216 disabled vehicles. The seven State
Police Emergency Communications Centers have
fielded 3,167 calls for service and an additional 2,742
calls for information.
- The Virginia Department of Forestry has several
chainsaw crews on standby throughout the state to
help with the restoration of critical infrastructure.
- Avoid overexertion during clean up. Shoveling
snow or pushing a car can bring on a heart attack or
make other medical conditions worse.
- If you have lost power and need to go to a shelter,
dial 2-1-1 for information about open shelters. An
updated list of open shelters is available at http://februarywinterstorm.tumblr.com/.
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