posted Feb 7, 2010, 4:38 AM by RockSpring CivicAssociation
updated Feb 7, 2010, 4:46 AM
For Immediate Release
Saturday, February 06, 2010
Curtius 703-228-7943 (voice) 703-228-4611(TTY)
Arlington Digging Out from Massive Snow Storm
Officials urge patience, caution, as crews clear roads
- Wear light-reflective clothing when walking
- Top plowing priorities: main roads, around critical facilities
- Snow plows will not reach neighborhoods until 48 hours after the
ARLINGTON, VA – Arlington County crews were out in force Saturday
as snow from the near-record blizzard continued to fall. The County’s Emergency
Call Center handled dozens of snow-related calls overnight, and County officials
warned that it will take at least 48 hours after the snow stops falling late
Saturday night before snow plows will get into neighborhoods.
County government and all facilities remained closed, and programs and
classes canceled, through Sunday, Feb. 7. Check the County Web site for updated
“Don't drive your car today and tonight, so that crews can do their work,"
said Bob Griffin, director of the Department of Environmental Services. “If you
are walking, use extra caution, wear reflective clothing and avoid walking in
the road, especially after dark. This is a massive snow event and it will take
time to get to neighborhood streets. All our crews are working on main and
secondary roads and dealing with downed trees. We ask for the community’s
patience and support as we work to recover from this event.”
What Arlington is doing
- Crews are working 12-hour shifts around the clock to clear
and treat County-maintained streets.
- Snow emergency routes, arterial streets, main bus routes, and roads to
hospitals, fire stations, Metro stations, police stations and local schools are
- Crews work their way into residential streets after priority routes
removal and treatment may take several days.
- The County’s Emergency
Winter Shelter, opened to people with no homes throughout the winter, is
staying open round-the-clock during this snow event.
- View Snow
Plow Routes (PDF) and see how roadways are prioritized. The County maintains
60 miles each of arterial and collector streets and 256 miles of residential
- Check out the County’s video on snow plowing for
answers to commonly asked questions.
- Trash and recycling collection scheduled for the week of Feb. 8 will be
delayed by one day. Check the County
website for detailed information and updates.
What you can do
- Hunker down. Stay off the roads and at home if at all
- Wear light-reflective clothing if you are walking.
- If you must walk in the street, walk along the sides of the
roads, not in the middle. Watch for emergency vehicles, snow
- Shovel your driveways, walkways, and the sidewalks in front
of your property – make sure fire hydrants are cleared of snow.
- If you have a downed tree blocking a road or on a power
line, call 703 558 2222.
- Remember plows need a roadway clearance of 15 feet and will
not go down a street where they cannot safely pass.
- Stay connected and informed on snow-related information and
updates on closings and cancellations:
- Visit the County website
- Become a Facebook fan
- Follow the County on Twitter
Visit http://www.commuterpage.com/ to sign up
for ART (Arlington Transit) and
Metro Alerts and to view the latest service
Contacting the County
- If you have a true emergency, call 911.
- Snow service updates call 703-228-6485.
- Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a standard update
on snow operations. After 48 hours, you can email us with reports of trouble
spots in area. Information will be forwarded to the snow operations team.
- Call 703 558 2222 if you have a downed tree that is blocking a road or on a