Dear Neighbor,

Our region is under winter storm watches and warnings with a potential major winter storm hitting the region starting Monday night and lasting into Tuesday.  You can get the latest forecast from the National Weather Service here or at WTOP here. High winds will also potentially occur during this storm and Dominion Power has an outage center here where you can track and report outages in your area. Please have extra batteries on hand in the event of an extended power outage.  The time to prepare for this storm is today and during the day time hours tomorrow.  I urge you to take care of yourself and your family and neighbors in the case of potential dangerous conditions, should they occur.  Please take care when traveling to and from home and utilize the below information if you require assistance.  For a complete listing of school closings/delays go here.  If you have a non-emergency medical issue that you need to take care of but your road has not been cleared please feel free to call our office and we will try to assist if possible. Again, please stay safe. 

Here are some useful resources for you as you weather the storm safely:

  • Call 911 in a true emergency 
  • For current road conditions: call 511 or visit 511Virginia.org 
  • See here for information from VDOT and helpful resources
  • Report road problems: 1-800-FOR-ROADS (367-7623) 
  • 211 Virginia is serving as the public inquiry number for Virginia residents 
  • #77 on a cell to report a traffic crash or traffic emergency 
  • Fairfax County Sheriff non-emergency number: 703-691-2131 
  • Loudoun County Sheriff non-emergency number: 703-777-1021 
  • Prince William County Sheriff non-emergency number: 703-792-6500 
  • Clarke County Sheriff non-emergency number: 540-955-1234 
  • Frederick County Sheriff non-emergency number: 540-662-6162 
  • Winchester City Sheriff non-emergency number: 540-662-4131 
  • Manassas City Police non-emergency: 703-257-8000 
  • Manassas Park City Police non-emergency: 703-361-1136 
  • Loudoun Water: 571-291-7878 
  • Washington Gas: 703-750-1400 
  • Follow VDOT and VDOTNOVA on Twitter 
  • Town of Leesburg Snow Removal: www.leesburgva.gov/snow#hotline
  • Loudoun County Road Maintenance Information and Map of Road Maintenance
  • Snow Plow Tracking: novasnowplowing.virginia.gov/
  • Please consider adopting a fire hydrant in Purcellville here.  This initiative is sponsored by the Town of Purcellville and helps support our hardworking emergency responders and keep citizens safe.  

Report Power Outages:

  • Dominion Power: 1-866-DOM-HELP (366-4357) 
  • NOVEC: 1-888-335-0500 
  • PEPCO: 1-877-PEPCO-62 (737-2662) 
  • Shenandoah Valley Electric Co-op: 1-800-234-7832 
  • Rappahannock Electric Coop: 1-800-552-3904 

Safety Tips:

  • Visit www.vaemergency.gov/readyvirginia
  • Use flashlights for emergency lighting instead of candles. 
  • Unplug electrical equipment until a steady power supply returns. 
  • Practice proper generator and surface heater safety. 
  • Leave one light turned on so you know when power is restored. 
  • Eliminate unnecessary travel, especially by car.  Traffic signals will stop working during an outage, creating traffic congestion.  If you come upon a non-working traffic signal, treat each traffic light as a four-way stop, with the driver on the right having the right-of-way.  Proceed with caution only when traffic permits and enter intersections only when it is safe to do so, using your turn signals to let other motorists know your intentions.
  • If traffic signals are on flash, treat a flashing red as a stop (treat like a stop sign).  For flashing yellow, proceed with caution.

 

Thank you,

Barbara Comstock
Member of Congress
 

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