Hazardous Weather Alert

source: Eileen Filler-Corn (House of Delegates 41st District) newsletter

Please be advised that Fairfax County is now under a Coastal Flood Advisory and a Flash Flood Watch beginning this evening at 10 p.m. A flash flood watch means that there is the potential for flash flooding. The National Weather Service Hazardous Weather Outlook forecasts thunderstorms Wednesday afternoon through Wednesday night. Heavy amounts of rain in short periods of time may cause flash flooding of creeks streams and urban areas. Please take caution on the roads and visit this link for safety tips and information.

The following phone numbers are important to have on hand during a storm

Emergency

  • Emergency: If you are having an emergency, please call 911
  • Non-Emergency Information: The Fairfax County Non-Emergency number 703-691-2131; VA TTY NUMBER IS 711
  • Shelter Locations: Call 2-1-1 for Shelter Location www.211virginia.gov
  • Road Conditions: Call 5-1-1 for road conditions or www.511virginia.gov

Power Outages

  • Dominion Virginia Power outages and downed wires: 1-866-DOM-HELP (1-866-366-4357)

Downed Trees

  • Public roads: Virginia Department of Transportation: 1-800-FOR-ROAD (1-800-367-7623)
  • Parks: Fairfax County Park Authority: 703-324-8594
  • Public Areas: Fairfax County Urban Forestry: 703-324-1770
  • Private property: Removal is the property owner’s responsibility. Be aware of the risk of chain saw injury during tree removal. Use a chain saw safely to clear debris. If a tree has hit your home, call your property insurance company before starting the removal process.

Water

Flooding

  • Rising water that threatens your safety, call 9-1-1
  • Storm flooding during regular business hours (MondayFriday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.) – after-hours storm flooding emergencies that are not life threatening – 703-323-1211 and state that you are reporting a storm sewer emergency

Sewer

  • Sanitary sewer flooding: 703-323-1211; If you have damp walls or floors, contact a water removal or restoration company
  • Sewer Breaks or Back-ups: 703-323-1211 or 703-250-2003

Septic System

Insurance

  • The Virginia state Bureau of Insurance offers free consumer guides entitled, “What to Do After an Insured Commercial Property Loss”‘, and “What to Do After an Insured Homeowners Loss”. These guides are available at www.scc.virginia.gov/boi. The Bureau of Insurance has staff specifically trained to handle disaster insurance questions and problems. Phone: 804 371 9185 or 804 371 9185 or 9691. The toll-free number is 1-877-310-6560.

Please be careful and stay safe. In addition, don’t forget to check on friends and neighbors, especially those who live alone or are elderly.  If you believe that an elderly or disabled person near you might need help, call 211 or visitwww.211virginia.gov.

As always, please do not hesitate to contact my office by phone at (571) 249-3453, as well as by email at Eileen@EileenFillerCorn.com for any assistance.

Sincerely yours,

Eileen

Jury Duty Scam

Source: Fairfax County Police Department News

Several cases have been reported regarding a scam to get money from potential victims. The scammers will contact you and tell you they are from the court or law enforcement. You will be told you can avoid a warrant if you pay a fine.

No one from the courts, Sheriff’s office, or police department will call and threaten you with arrest. We will never ask for money to avoid prosecution.The Office of the Sheriff also released a caution: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/sheriff/news/2014/jury-duty-scam.htm#

Police urge residents to:
• Contact the court yourself if there is any doubt.
• Be skeptical if someone asks/demands you pay with a Green Dot Moneypack, Western Union, or any electronic wiring service.
• Report suspicious or harassing calls to police online at
http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/police/120413citizenreportingsystem.htm

Remember, once money has been wired/sent, it is impossible to recover.
• More information on common scams may be found at
http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/police/financialcrimes/commonscams.htm

Roads Update

source: Eileen Filler-Corn (House of Delegates 41st District) newsletter

The harsh winter has had a significant impact on VDOT’s budget. As a result of the weather this winter, VDOT will likely exceed its $157 million snow budget by more than $100 million. Having said that, VDOT does have adequate resources in place from its larger maintenance budget for snow removal, pothole repairs, repaving and other activities to keep roads as safe as possible.

The additional snow removal costs will be paid out of VDOT’s overall maintenance budget.  VDOT is looking ahead to where adjustments can be made to the maintenance budget to compensate for such costs.  With safety always first, VDOT is considering the following adjustments:

  • Extend completion dates of select paving projects
  • Limit use of service contracts (excluding snow removal and pothole patching) and perform needed services with VDOT staff
  • Limit overtime (excluding snow operations/safety related activities)
  • Delay new equipment purchases

VDOT will continue to evaluate roads for paving and investigate the roadways and make a determination based on condition factors and available funding with regard to which roadways are prioritized for paving.

You can send inquiries to novainfo@vdot.virginia.gov or call VDOT’s 24/7 live operator at 1-800-FOR-ROAD (367-7623) to report anything to VDOT.

Like me, many of you have seen the toll the winter months had on the condition of our roads. One upcoming project many of you will be interested in is the resurfacing of the Lee Chapel/Burke Centre Parkway/Burke Lake Road intersection. This intersection should see pavement work during the Fairfax County Public Schools spring break of April 14 – 18.

I will continue to keep you apprised of any updated information and paving projects coming to the 41st District.

-Eileen