DC Government Update on Storm Damage

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From the Office of the Mayor:

The following is a list of the District’s response efforts at this time:

Power Outages: There are currently approximately 63,000 customers without power in D.C. These outages are approximately evenly divided between all the wards.

•Pepco has made Hadley hospital 4601 MLK Ave SE a priority. The facility is on generator power. Only emergency lights are on. The Facility is not fully functioning.

• Also on generator power: Methodist Home 4901 Conn Ave NW and Forest side Home. 2701 Military Rd NW

Trees Blocking Streets: Urban Forestry is not reporting any major roadways blocked.

Traffic Signals: DOT reports 7 intersections are currently flashing and an additional 19 are completely out.

Trees Down By Ward:

Ward 1: 44
Ward 1: 34
Ward 3: 104
Ward 4: 62
Ward 5: 64
Ward 6: 113
Ward 7: 34
Ward 8: 12

Significant Incidents w/updates: Penn Branch Service Center and Brentwood Road Test Closed Today

Trees on Houses: There are reports of at least 11 trees which damaged houses or trapped residents in houses. HSEMA Operations will update with addresses in the next sit report. This number has not increased since the time of the last report.

Schools: No reports of trees fallen on schools or significant damage to schools

Traffic: Traffic is generally flowing normally on major arteries.

Public Libraries: All facilities open except: Palisades Library; Takoma Park Library; Deanwood Library (which is part of the Deanwood Rec Center); Northwest One Library (which is part of the Walker Jones Education Campus and also has a Rec Center)

MPD: The Metropolitan Police Department experienced an increase in calls for service during and immediately following last nights storm. Although the demand for police services increased, the calls for service were answered in a timely manner throughout the night. Most of our calls for service were for trees down and wires down throughout the city during the storm.

The Emergency Services Unit (ESU) for MPD was out this morning helping to clear some of the intersections throughout the District. We will continue to work closely with our public safety partners throughout the coming days.

Weather Forecast:

The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Warning for Washington DC and the surrounding region from 11:00 am until 9:00 pm. The temperature is expected to be around 100 degrees this afternoon with Heat Index Values around 110 degrees. There is another chance of severe thunderstorms Saturday afternoon and evening and a similar forecast for Sunday.

“I urge all district residents to look out after their neighbors,” noted Chris Gledart, Director of HSEMA. “If you know of anyone in your neighborhood that might need assistance, please look in on them, this especially important if you have elderly or disabled neighbors. If you have concerns about anyone in the District that might be unable to reach out for help, please call 311 for assistance.”

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  • If you want to donate food that may go bad due to power outages…Martha’s Table will accept them!

    Might as well have that food go to good use rather than spoil and get tossed (:

  • “Trees Blocking Streets: Urban Forestry is not reporting any major roadways blocked. ”

    Isn’t New Hampshire Ave. a “major roadway”? there’s a giant oak down and blocking all four lanes about 50 yards north of the metro rail bridge.

  • I’d call New Hampshire Ave. a “major roadway”, and there’s a huge tree across all four lanes about 300 yards from the MD line. The military is actually directing traffic through a detour through the neighborhood just east of the blockage.

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