Federal, District Government and Schools Closed on Monday due to Hurricane Sandy, Residents Urged to Shelter in Place, Metro Rail Closed Monday and Metro Bus Suspends Service

by Prince Of Petworth October 28, 2012 at 8:08 pm 21 Comments

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Sunday around 5:30pm OPM updated their website:

“Applies to: Monday, October 29, 2012
FEDERAL OFFICES in the Washington, DC, area are CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC.”


“In light of updated forecast information from the National Weather Service projecting higher wind speeds, as well as the closure of Federal Government offices in the Washington area and the possibility of widespread commercial power outages, Metro has announced the following service changes for Monday, October 29, 2012:

• The Metrorail system will be closed on Monday. Rail service on Sunday night will continue operate as scheduled until its normal closing time (midnight). No decision has yet been made on when Metrorail service will be restored after Monday.

• All Metrobus service will be suspended as of the end of the service day on Sunday and remain suspended until further notice.”

From the Mayor’s Office:

Mayor Vincent C. Gray today announced that the District government will be closed Monday, October 29 and said that the District’s agencies and regional, utility and federal partners are preparing the city to weather the effects of Hurricane Sandy.

“Let me be clear: this storm is unique, large, dangerous and unlike anything our region has experienced in a very long time,” Mayor Gray said. “We are likely to suffer significant power outages due to fallen trees and other debris, and we may experience significant street flooding. Let me also be clear about this: the District government is ready to meet this challenge.”

Officials have been working through the weekend to ensure the District’s residents, businesses and infrastructure are as ready as possible for the effects of the storm, which are expected to include heavy rain and street flooding, strong winds and power outages, and the potential for storm-surge flooding along the Potomac River and its tributaries.

Forecasters are predicting 4” to 8” of rain to fall between Sunday night and Wednesday, with bursts of rain falling at a rate of 2” per hour. Sustained tropical-storm-force winds of 40-60 miles per hour with gusts up to hurricane strength (75 miles per hour or more) are possible, and duration of the storm’s peak impact will likely be several hours – with conditions expected to deteriorate rapidly during the day tomorrow and the peak of the extreme winds expected between about noon Monday and the early hours of Tuesday morning, with high winds extending well into the day on Tuesday.

District residents need to shelter in place during the peak of this storm, preferably on the lowest level of their home and as far away as possible from windows and potential falling trees,” Mayor Gray said.


· D.C. Public Schools are closed on Monday, October 29, including all after-school programs and athletic events. Principals, teachers and school-based staff who are not essential personnel do not report to school tomorrow. Central-office staff and essential school-based personnel should refer to the DCPS website for updates about whether they will be required to report to work.

· Mayor Gray has declared a state of emergency in the District and has sent President Obama a pre-landfall request for a presidential disaster declaration, which would provide federal assistance to help the District defray the extra costs the storm will impose on the city. A copy of the request letter is attached to this release.

· DC Water is clearing storm drains citywide.

· The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is assigning staff and contractors to be ready to collect storm debris starting Monday, October 29, and DPW crews will assist.

· DPW tow trucks will be deployed as necessary to remove vehicles blocking roadways.

· DDOT has generators in place at major intersections. If power is disrupted, traffic signals will continue to work, and DDOT traffic control officers will be deployed to direct traffic where necessary.

· DPW is suspending street cleaning Monday through Wednesday. Bulk garbage collections for Monday and Tuesday will be rescheduled. Also, residents are asked to bag their leaves so they don’t collect in the storm drains and cause flooding.

· Crews from DC Water and District government agencies are being deployed to assist the residents of Bloomingdale and LeDroit Park, a section of the city that has been especially hard-hit by street flooding due to backed-up storm drains during heavy downpours.

Tips for Residents

Dealing with Downed Trees

Residents are reminded to stay clear of broken and hanging tree branches, which can fall at any time.

· Please report any downed tree branches by calling 311.

Residents are also reminded to stay away from downed wires, as they could be energized and electrical contact could be fatal. Report downed wires to Pepco by calling 1.877.PEPCO62

Power and Water Outages

To report a power outage, please call Pepco at 1.877.PEPCO62. Customers may report outages online at pepco.com or download Pepco’s smart phone app, pepco.com/mobileapp to report and track outages. To report a water outage, residents can call DC Water at 202.612.3400


Motorists are reminded to treat dark intersections as four-way stops and to avoid driving through standing water.

And if your power does go out here is a good guide from USDA:

Keep/Toss charts for Fridge and Freezer

  • Having a flashback to Snowmageddon. Laptop, radio, NBC4. BRING ME MY PAT COLLINS!!!!

    • DF

      Ha, I remember last time watching him on Wisconsin talking to that woman who walked to the Safeway to get some sort of amazing sammy.
      I hope he gets out there today!

      • If he comes to Bloomingdale I am totally making him a sandwich and some tea.

  • Queenedix

    This might be a good space to share what we see open and closed today in terms of food, amenities, etc. I know Park Market was planning to open no matter what. Does anyone know of places staying closed today? I hope Pho 14 is open.

    • DF

      Would also like to know this!
      I know Pete’s is closed. We have quite a bit of snacks in house but would like to get out for a meal at some point.

      • Queenedix

        Too bad about Pete’s! They saved me on Day 4 of Snowpocalypse.

    • Anonymous

      According to the Adams Morgan listserv, Amsterdam Falafelshop is opened as long as they have power

    • jem

      Busboys & Poets posted on Facebook that all their locations are open.

    • jbirdy

      Cleveland Park Bar and Grill opens at 11:30 this morning.

    • Panera, Tynan’s, Flying Fish, Lime Fresh, and i think Five Guys are open. Ercilia’s is closing at 5. Target was still open and I believe The Heights will be opening also.

  • Anonymous

    The zombie apocalypse has begun. Stay indoors, the rain has been seeded with a virus that will transform all those exposed into the living dead.

    ~”When there’s no more room in hell, the dead will walk the earth.”

    • C3PO

      Where is Daryl Dixon when you need him?

  • Anonymous

    The zombie apocalypse has begun. Not many people know this so, I will share a secret with PopVille that will save your life (for now): stay indoors, the rain has been seeded with a virus that will transform all those exposed into the living dead.

    ~”When there’s no more room in hell, the dead will walk the earth.”

  • Kam

    Be safe and smart everyone.

  • Anonymous

    any grocery or liquor stores still open?

    • Jamie

      Went to Giant for bacon an hour ago. The store was open, fully stocked (except for milk & bottled water), and there were no lines.

    • Target’s open; wine aisle is a bit sparse, didn’t check beer.

  • K

    I went out for a little work today – independent contractors have no rest! – and 7-11s served me well. Since I’m pretty anonymous here I’ll admin their pizza isn’t bad for $1, their breakfast sandwiches are okay too, and I love the pumpkin coffee creamer.

  • Sharon

    Yes Organic is open at 14th and W.

  • Is Szechuan great wall open?!?

  • Anonymous

    Just walked around Columbia/18th street. The only things that are open are: Bedrock Billiards and Shenanigans. Millie and Als might have been as well. Everything else was closed (including the diner)


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