Local and State officials respond to severe winter weather storm

April 20, 2011  //  

VDEM News Release

Virginia Department of Emergency Management
10501 Trade Court, Richmond, VA 23236

CONTACT: Bob Spieldenner (804) 674-2400 (24/7)


Local and State officials respond to severe winter weather storm
Widespread power outages and low temperatures could create hazardous situation

RICHMOND, VA — Local and state government personnel in Northern Virginia worked through the night to clear roads of snow and downed trees and assist stranded motorists. Travel in the region remains hazardous and Virginians are asked to delay travel until later in the day to allow crews to clear the roads as quickly as possible.

Local law enforcement and Virginia State Police have assisted stranded motorists and disabled vehicles.

VDOT has about 2,200 trucks treating and plowing major roads and subdivisions in the region, but heavy traffic and downed trees and power lines have made the work difficult.

The Virginia Department of Emergency Management has brought in additional staff to the Virginia Emergency Operations Center to ensure coordination with local governments and state agencies.

As of 1 a.m., more than 180,000 customers were without power in the Northern Virginia region. It is not known at this point when power will be restored for all customers. Forecasted cold temperatures could create dangerous situations for those without power, especially the elderly.

Here are some safety tips for those without power.

  • Keep space heaters at least three feet from other objects. Never leave space heaters unattended.

  • Use flashlights instead of candles for light.

  • Use generators only outdoors and only in well ventilated areas.

Motorists who must travel should check current weather, road conditions and traffic cameras before traveling at www.511Virginia.org or by calling 511.



Be ready. Be willing to help.

Virginia Disaster Relief Fund