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Heavy Rainfall & Possible Flooding Forecasted to Impact Sterling and Loudoun County

October 1, 2015

Heavy Rainfall & Possible Flooding Forecasted to Impact Sterling and Loudoun County,
LCSO Advises Residents to Monitor Local Weather & Roadway Conditions

Loudoun County, VA- The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office continues to monitor local forecasts as heavy rainfall is expected to impact Loudoun County over the next few days.

Heavy rains are expected to bring flooding to our region and many roadways, especially in low-lying areas, may become impassable. Motorists are reminded to never walk or drive through a flooded area. Stay away from flooded areas and seek higher ground if you are in an area experiencing flooding. It takes only six inches of fast-moving flood water to knock over an adult and two feet to move a vehicle. If you come across a roadway that is flooded or high water is present, please contact the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office Emergency Communications Center at 703-777-1021.

The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office encourages residents to stay informed about the latest weather information before attempting to travel by monitoring the National Weather Service at ( on your phone) for the latest forecast.

Weather conditions are expected to worsen over the next several days. If you haven't already, residents are encouraged to secure outdoor furniture and other items in case of high winds. This will eliminate the chances of damage. Do not attempt to take these precautions once the full force of the severe weather has arrived. During the severe weather, residents are also encouraged to stay away from windows and glass doors and find a safe area in the interior of your home.

Other precautions to take during the storm:

If your home is threatened by flooding, turn off electricity at the main breaker
Do not use electrical appliances

If you lose power, turn off major appliances to minimize damage
Stay inside! You could be struck and seriously injured or even killed by flying debris or falling trees

Motorists are reminded that when approaching an intersection where no law enforcement is present and the traffic signals are off due to power failure, that intersection must be treated as a four-way stop. Please be patient as widespread power outages are possible.

When dealing with downed trees and post-storm debris, residents are reminded to stay away from downed wires as they may be live with electricity. If you see a downed line, report it immediately.

Also, make sure to report power outages. For Dominion Virginia Power, call 1-866-366-4357. Dominion also provides updates through Facebook and Twitter. To report NOVEC power outages, call 1-888-335-0500. For Washington Gas, call 1-800-752-7520. For Columbia Gas, call 1-800-543-8911.

Other phone numbers you need to know:

5-1-1 is to be used for the latest in road conditions
Call #77 on a cell phone to report a traffic crash or traffic emergency to the Virginia State Police

Only call 9-1-1 in a true emergency. For non-emergency situations in Loudoun County, call 703-777-1021.

Residents are also encouraged to download the new Loudoun County Sheriff's Office app to monitor road conditions and receive the latest information from the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office. Learn more about the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office app at .

Please be safe.

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