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September 19, 2003

I am sending you 7 bulletins concerning water and traffic problems in the area. I will be at the 8 a.m. yard sale in Briar Patch Park on Saturday September 20 and then, as always, at Jimmy G's Restaurant at 10 a.m. I hope you can join me at Jimmy Gs.

Jimmy G's is located under the clock tower opposite the Burlington Coat Factory on Leesburg Pike.

These Seven ( 7 ) bulletins are from LCSA, the Sheriff's Department and other entities regarding the results of the Hurricane. I have met with Sterling residents who are without electricity. Boil the water!

BULLETINS FOLLOW HERE

Bulletin one

For Immediate Release:
South Riding Out of Water

Fairfax County Water Authority has announced that their water supply is being depleted rapidly. As a result of this, all water to the Rt. 50 Corridor and South Riding areas, including Kirpatrick Farms water will be depleted in the immediate future. LCSA requests that residents refrain from water use. LCSA is looking into alternative emergency water supply for the residents who will be without water for undetermined amount of time.

In the event of an emergency, Fire and Rescue Services will be using tankers for firefighting purposes in the affected areas.

For Immediate Release:
South Riding Out of Water Update

Fairfax County Water Authority has announced that their water supply is being depleted rapidly. As a result of this, all water to the Rt. 50 Corridor and South Riding areas, including Kirkpatrick Farms water will be depleted in the immediate future. LCSA requests that residents refrain from water use.

To help residents during this shortage, a potable water tanker will be at the Town Hall, 43055 Center Street in South Riding early this afternoon. Residents are encouraged to bring clean water containers that will be filled at this location.

Bulletin 2

Loudoun County Health Department Statement for South Riding and Other Areas Similarly Affected by Loss of Municipal Water Supply

Food establishments without customary levels of available water shall remain closed until normal quantities of water become available for use.

Although food establishments are not required to close if they are able to find sufficient quantities of potable bottled or other temporary water, the Health Department recommends that they remain closed until normal quantities of permanent (municipal) water resumes.

Bulletin 3

Sheriff's Office Works Numerous Weather Related Incidents

Loudoun County, Virginia- Between the time period of 4 PM yesterday and 9 AM this morning members of the Sheriff's Office responded to 98 traffic complaints, a majority of which involved downed trees or branches across roadways.

Currently a number of traffic signals across the county are currently out or are not functioning properly. Some of these intersections include Sully Road (Route 28) and Waxpool Road, Route 15 and Route 50 (Gilbert's Corner), Palisade Parkway and Cascades Parkway, Harry Byrd Highway and Potomac View Road, and Sterling Boulevard at Church Road.

At this time the Sheriff's Office requests that if you do not have to venture out onto county roadways that you please stay at home. There are still areas of the county where trees and other debris remain in the roadway.

In preparation for the hurricane the Sheriff's Office added an additional 20 deputies per shift who have been patrolling the county since Noon yesterday.

Bulletin 4

Requests for Dry Ice

Due to current demands for dry ice, bulk amount cannot be provided for distribution, however individuals may purchase dry ice at the following location:

Roberts Oxygen Company
221 Brick Kiln Road
Winchester, Virginia
(540)662-1180

Please note that supplies for dry ice are limited. The following information is provided for the safe handling of dry ice: Caution: Keep Dry Ice away from children if they cannot be closely supervised at all times.

HANDLING
Dry Ice temperature is extremely cold at -109.3°F or -78.5°C. Always handle Dry Ice with care and wear protective cloth or leather gloves whenever touching it. An oven mitt or towel will also work. Prolonged contact with the skin will freeze cells and cause injury similar to a burn.

DISPOSAL
Unwrap and leave it at room temperature in a well-ventilated area. It will sublimate on its own from a solid to a gas.

Bulletin 5

Majority of Traffic Signals Return to Proper Working Order

Loudoun County, Virginia- A majority of the traffic signals that had been malfunctioning across the county have returned to proper working order.

Members of the Sheriff's Office are currently handling two intersections, Church Road at Sterling Boulevard and Waxpool Road at Sully Road (Route 28). Crews are on the scene and the traffic signals are expected to return to proper working order shortly.

Now that the storm has passed through the area and a majority of the traffic signals are up and running the Sheriff's Office has suspended its hurricane operational plan and will return to a normal patrol schedule. An additional 20 deputies per shift had been patrolling the county since Noon yesterday.

Earlier today traffic signals at approximately ten intersections were either out or were not functioning properly. Some of those intersections included Palisade Parkway and Cascades Parkway, Harry Byrd Highway and Potomac View Road, and Sterling Boulevard at Church Road.

The Sheriff's Office reminds motorists if you come upon a traffic signal that is not working properly to treat the intersection as if it were a four-way stop sign.

Bulletin 6

Emergency Shelters to Close at 5:00 p.m.

The emergency shelters located at Heritage and Dominion High Schools will close at 5:00 p.m., Friday, September 19, 2003. Loudoun County officials have determined that the shelters are no longer needed.

The shelter at Loudoun Valley High School closed earlier today. Altogether, 13 individuals received services at the shelters.

Bulletin 7

Loudoun County Sanitation Authority Customers Urged to Conserve and Boil Drinking Water Throughout Weekend as Precaution

Customers of the Loudoun County Sanitation Authority (LCSA) are being urged to continue to boil drinking water for one minute before use and conserve overall water use until further notice. This is due to power outages that occurred last night at the Fairfax County Water Authority (FCWA) water plants. The power outages have compromised the delivery of water to our service area, as well as its quality.

This message applies to all Loudoun County residents on LCSA's central or communal systems, which includes generally every resident in Loudoun County who resides east of Route 659, excluding the Town of Leesburg. This includes residents of Ashburn, Sterling, Countryside, Lansdowne, Brambleton, Broadlands, Belmont and South Riding.

Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes and food preparation until further notice. Residents may use the water for bathing, but they should conserve water as they do so, and avoid ingesting it. Once power is restored to the system, LCSA personnel will flush the system and take several samples to assure that the water quality is safe for human consumption. We will inform you when you no longer need to boil water.

We anticipate restoring the system to normal (no need to boil water) by Monday, September 22, 2003, if not before.

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