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Flash Flood Watch Issued

by ARLnow.com | July 10, 2014 at 3:45 pm | 1,042 views | No Comments

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for Arlington and the D.C. area.

The watch is in effect through midnight. Forecasters say slow-moving storms may result in heavy rain and isolated flooding.

… FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT EDT TONIGHT…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN STERLING VIRGINIA HAS ISSUED A

* FLASH FLOOD WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF MARYLAND… THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA AND NORTHERN VIRGINIA… INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING AREAS… IN MARYLAND… ANNE ARUNDEL… CHARLES… HARFORD… HOWARD… MONTGOMERY… NORTHERN BALTIMORE… PRINCE GEORGES AND SOUTHERN BALTIMORE. THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA. IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA… ARLINGTON/FALLS CHURCH/ALEXANDRIA… FAIRFAX AND PRINCE WILLIAM/MANASSAS/MANASSAS PARK.

* UNTIL MIDNIGHT EDT TONIGHT

* SLOW MOVING SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS ARE LIKELY OVER THE AREA THROUGH THIS EVENING. LOCALLY HEAVY RAINFALL IS EXPECTED IN THE STRONGER STORMS WITH RAINFALL RATES IN EXCESS OF 2 INCHES PER HOUR.

* IN TARGETED AREAS THAT RECEIVE HEAVY DOWNPOURS FOR LONGER THAN 30 MINUTES… FLASH FLOODING MAY BEGIN QUICKLY. BE AWARE OF LOW AREAS THAT MAY FLOOD. NEVER CROSS ROADS THAT ARE FLOODED. TURN AROUND DON’T DROWN.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A FLASH FLOOD WATCH MEANS THAT CONDITIONS MAY DEVELOP THAT LEAD TO FLASH FLOODING. FLASH FLOODING IS A VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION.

YOU SHOULD MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION SHOULD FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS BE ISSUED.

Flash Flood Watch Issued for Area

by ARLnow.com | July 3, 2014 at 9:30 am | 694 views | No Comments

Arlington and the D.C. area is under a flash flood watch tonight.

Forecasters say storms and periods of very heavy rain are expected this afternoon and tonight. The sudden downpours may result in flash flooding.

The rain may also bring some temporary relief from the heat. Today’s high predicted high temperature is 92 degrees.

From the National Weather Service:

* FROM 1 PM EDT THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH LATE TONIGHT

* TROPICAL MOISTURE WILL REMAIN OVER THE AREA THROUGH MOST OF TONIGHT. SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS ARE LIKELY… ESPECIALLY LATE THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH LATE THIS EVENING. RAINFALL RATES IN HEAVIER SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS MAY EXCEED 2 INCHES PER HOUR.

* IN TARGETED AREAS THAT RECEIVE TORRENTIAL RAIN FOR LONGER THAN 30 MINUTES… FLASH FLOODING MAY BEGIN QUICKLY AND IN A VERY LOCALIZED AREA. BE AWARE OF LOW AREAS THAT MAY FLOOD. NEVER CROSS ROADS THAT ARE FLOODED. TURN AROUND DONT DROWN.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A FLASH FLOOD WATCH MEANS THAT CONDITIONS MAY DEVELOP THAT LEAD TO FLASH FLOODING. FLASH FLOODING IS A VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION.

YOU SHOULD MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION SHOULD FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS BE ISSUED.

Morning Notes

by ARLnow.com | June 13, 2014 at 9:00 am | 904 views | No Comments

Plane above the runway at DCA, Reagan National Airport (Flickr pool photo by John Sonderman)

Another Flash Flood Watch — It’s Friday the 13th and Arlington is under another Flash Flood Watch today. The watch is in effect from noon through 10:00 p.m. Forecasters say an approaching cold front will spawn scattered showers and thunderstorms, some of which will be strong and result in very heavy rain. [National Weather Service]

Library to Launch Tool Lending – Arlington residents will soon be able to use their library cards to borrow garden tools from Arlington Central Library. The library is currently looking for volunteers to run and maintain its new “tool library,” which was established after being set as a priority by the county’s Urban Agriculture Task Force last year. [Arlington Public Library]

Va. Lawmakers Pass Budget After Impasse — Republicans in the Virginia Senate passed a budget Thursday night that thwarts an expansion of Medicaid, which had been sought by Democrats. Republicans were able to pass the budget after a Democratic lawmaker resigned and shifted the balance of power in the Senate to the GOP. [Richmond Times-Dispatch]

‘KidicalMass’ Bike Ride Sunday — For Father’s Day, a group of parents and their kids will be taking part in a “KidicalMass” bike ride from Hayes Park to Larry’s Homemade Ice Cream in Clarendon Sunday evening. [Blogspot]

Blues Fest Road Closures — The annual Columbia Pike Blues Festival will be held Saturday and several road closures, including the closure of Walter Reed Drive north of Columbia Pike, are planned as a result. The road closures will be in effect from about 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. [Arlington County]

Flickr pool photo by John Sonderman

Morning Notes

by ARLnow.com | June 12, 2014 at 9:15 am | 1,235 views | No Comments

Morning Stroll (Flickr pool photo by Dennis Dimick)

Flood Watch for D.C. Area — Arlington and the D.C. area is under a flood watch from noon today through later tonight. Another round of showers and thunderstorm with areas of heavy rain is expected today. [National Weather Service]

Bishop Attends School’s Last Mass — Arlington Bishop Paul Loverde attended the final school mass at St. Charles Borromeo Church last week. He “spoke to the palpable presence of both sadness and hope.” The school is closing due to low enrollment. The church’s pastor, meanwhile, is being transferred to another church against his will. [Arlington Catholic Herald]

Micah Edmond Profiled — Micah Edmond, the Republican candidate for congress who will be facing off against Democrat Don Beyer in November, says there is a “realistic way” for him to win the race. Edmond, who is African-American, Jewish, a small business owner and a Marine Corps veteran, says he’ll be “reaching out to communities that are often ignored and listening to their cares and concerns and offering solutions.” [InsideNova*]

Arlington Resident Faces Another Murder Trial — Christopher Deedy, a State Department Special Agent from Arlington who’s accused of murder in the 2011 shooting death of a man in Hawaii, is about to face trial again. Deedy’s trial last year ended in a mistrial. [Associated Press]

Discover Cherrydale Photos – Cherrydale residents came out for an inaugural community event called Discover Cherrydale. Photos have been posted from the event, which was held May 31. [Comcast.net]

* Editor’s Note: This website employs popup ads and, during our visit today, autoplay video ads with audio turned on by default and no option for turning it off. For a better user experience, we have linked to a site that displays the article as plain text.

Flickr pool photo by Dennis Dimick

Flash Flood Watch Issued

by ARLnow.com | June 10, 2014 at 11:30 am | 783 views | No Comments

Storm clouds over D.C., as seen from Pentagon City on 6/10/14

A Flash Flood Watch has been issued for Arlington County and much of the surrounding D.C. and Baltimore region.

The watch is in effect from 2:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. Wednesday. Forecasters with the National Weather Service say that heavy rain predicted tonight may cause flash flooding.

The watch was issued as Prince George’s County, Md. begins to dry out following torrential rains and dangerous flash flooding this morning.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN STERLING VIRGINIA HAS ISSUED A

* FLASH FLOOD WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF MARYLAND… THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA AND NORTHERN VIRGINIA… INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING AREAS… IN MARYLAND… ANNE ARUNDEL… CARROLL… FREDERICK MD… HARFORD… HOWARD… MONTGOMERY… NORTHERN BALTIMORE… PRINCE GEORGES AND SOUTHERN BALTIMORE. THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA. IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA… ARLINGTON/FALLS CHURCH/ALEXANDRIA… FAIRFAX… LOUDOUN AND PRINCE WILLIAM/MANASSAS/MANASSAS PARK.

* THROUGH LATE TONIGHT

* HEAVY RAIN HAS ALREADY FALLEN OVER PORTIONS OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA… CENTRAL MARYLAND… AND WASHINGTON DC TODAY. THERE IS THE POSSIBILITY THAT MORE HEAVY RAIN WILL FALL WITH THUNDERSTORMS THIS AFTERNOON. ANY STORMS THAT FORM WILL HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO PRODUCE FLASH FLOODING.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A FLASH FLOOD WATCH MEANS THAT CONDITIONS MAY DEVELOP THAT LEAD TO FLASH FLOODING. FLASH FLOODING IS A VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION.

YOU SHOULD MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION SHOULD FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS BE ISSUED.

Flash Flood Warning Issued

by ARLnow.com | May 16, 2014 at 8:00 am | 2,054 views | No Comments

Arlington and the surrounding area is now under a Flash Flood Warning.

The Flash Flood Warning means that sudden, localized flooding is imminent due to the heavy rains overnight. If you encounter a flooded roadway while driving, you’re strongly encouraged to “turn around, don’t drown.”

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN STERLING VIRGINIA HAS ISSUED A

* FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR… THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA… SOUTHEASTERN MONTGOMERY COUNTY IN CENTRAL MARYLAND… CITY OF FAIRFAX IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA… CITY OF FALLS CHURCH IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA… ARLINGTON COUNTY IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA… CITY OF ALEXANDRIA IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA… EASTERN FAIRFAX COUNTY IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA…

* UNTIL 1015 AM EDT

* AT 709 AM EDT… NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED VERY HEAVY RAIN HAD FALLEN CAPABLE OF PRODUCING FLASH FLOODING. RADAR ESTIMATES THAT UP TO 3 INCHES OF RAIN HAVE ALREADY FALLEN ACROSS PORTIONS OF THE WARNED AREA. STREAMS ARE RISING EXTREMELY RAPIDLY.

* SOME LOCATIONS THAT ARE AFFECTED BY THE HEAVY RAIN INCLUDE ALEXANDRIA… ANNANDALE… ARLINGTON… BALLSTON… BELLE HAVEN… BURKE… FRANCONIA… HYBLA VALLEY… LAKE BARCROFT… LINCOLNIA… MCLEAN… MERRIFIELD… OAKTON… REAGAN NATIONAL AIRPORT… ROSSLYN… SPRINGFIELD… THE I395 AND I495 INTERCHANGE… THE I66 AND I495 INTERCHANGE… TYSONS CORNER… VIENNA… WOLF TRAP… ASPEN HILL… BETHESDA… CHEVY CHASE… COLESVILLE… FAIRLAND… HILLANDALE… POTOMAC… ROCKVILLE… TAKOMA PARK… THE AMERICAN LEGION BRIDGE… THE WOODROW WILSON BRIDGE… WHITE OAK… ADAMS MORGAN… AMERICAN UNIVERSITY… GEORGETOWN… DOWNTOWN WASHINGTON… US CAPITOL… CRYSTAL CITY… FORT TOTTEN… GALLAUDET UNIVERSITY… GROVETON… HOWARD UNIVERSITY… HUNTINGTON… MANTUA… NATIONALS PARK AND PIMMIT HILLS.

EXCESSIVE RUNOFF FROM HEAVY RAINFALL WILL CAUSE FLASH FLOODING OF SMALL CREEKS AND STREAMS… URBAN AREAS… HIGHWAYS… STREETS… UNDERPASSES AND OTHER DRAINAGE AREAS AND LOW LYING SPOTS.

MOST FLASH FLOOD DEATHS OCCUR IN AUTOMOBILES. NEVER DRIVE YOUR VEHICLE INTO AREAS WHERE WATER COVERS THE ROAD. FLOODWATER USUALLY IS DEEPER THAN IT APPEARS. JUST ONE FOOT OF FLOWING WATER IS POWERFUL ENOUGH TO SWEEP VEHICLES OFF THE ROAD. MAKE THE SMART CHOICE WHEN FLOODED ROADS ARE ENCOUNTERED… TURN AROUND… DONT DROWN.

Flash Flood Watch Issued for Arlington

by ARLnow.com | May 14, 2014 at 4:05 pm | 1,443 views | No Comments

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for Arlington and the surrounding D.C. region.

Forecasters say 2-3 inches of rain is expected to fall from Thursday afternoon into Friday. Heavy rain showers and thunderstorms may cause flash flooding, especially along small local rivers and streams.

From the NWS:

… FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM LATE THURSDAY NIGHT THROUGH FRIDAY AFTERNOON…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN STERLING VIRGINIA HAS ISSUED A

* FLASH FLOOD WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF MARYLAND… THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA AND VIRGINIA… INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING AREAS… IN MARYLAND… ANNE ARUNDEL… CARROLL… CHARLES… FREDERICK MD… HARFORD… HOWARD… MONTGOMERY… NORTHERN BALTIMORE… PRINCE GEORGES AND SOUTHERN BALTIMORE. THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA. IN VIRGINIA… ALBEMARLE… ARLINGTON/FALLS CHURCH/ALEXANDRIA… CULPEPER… FAIRFAX… GREENE… LOUDOUN… MADISON… NELSON… NORTHERN FAUQUIER… ORANGE… PRINCE WILLIAM/MANASSAS/MANASSAS PARK… RAPPAHANNOCK… SOUTHERN FAUQUIER… SPOTSYLVANIA AND STAFFORD.

* FROM LATE THURSDAY NIGHT THROUGH FRIDAY AFTERNOON

* SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS… WITH PERIODS OF HEAVY RAIN… ARE EXPECTED TO DEVELOP THURSDAY AFTERNOON AND CONTINUE THROUGH FRIDAY MORNING. 2 TO 3 INCHES OF RAINFALL IS EXPECTED… WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS. FLASH FLOODING IS POSSIBLE… ESPECIALLY ALONG SMALL RIVERS AND STREAMS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A FLASH FLOOD WATCH MEANS THAT CONDITIONS MAY DEVELOP THAT LEAD TO FLASH FLOODING. FLASH FLOODING IS A VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION.

YOU SHOULD MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION SHOULD FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS BE ISSUED.

Flash Flood Warning Issued

by ARLnow.com | April 30, 2014 at 1:35 pm | 1,426 views | No Comments

Flooded Four Mile Run (photo courtesy @gogogaryo)A Flash Flood Warning has been issued for Arlington and much of the rest of the D.C. region. The National Weather Service warns that nearly 3 inches of rain has fallen already today and more heavy rainfall is on the way.

Standing water on roadways has created some dangerous driving conditions in Arlington, and swollen local waterways like Four Mile Run are starting to resemble “class three rapids,” but otherwise few serious problems have been reported around the county so far.

It’s a different story elsewhere in the region. In Montgomery County, cars and their drivers are getting trapped in high standing water.

From the National Weather Service:

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN STERLING VIRGINIA HAS ISSUED A

* FLASH FLOOD WARNING…

* UNTIL 415 PM EDT

* AT 117 PM EDT… NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED VERY HEAVY RAIN CAPABLE OF PRODUCING FLASH FLOODING. UP TO THREE INCHES OF RAIN HAS FALLEN IN THE LAST 24 HOURS. ADDITIONAL RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF UP TO 1 INCH CAN BE EXPECTED.

* SOME LOCATIONS THAT ARE AFFECTED BY THE HEAVY RAIN INCLUDE ANNANDALE… ARLINGTON… BALLSTON… BULL RUN… BURKE… CENTREVILLE… CHANTILLY… DALE CITY… GREAT FALLS… HERNDON… LAKE BARCROFT… LAKE RIDGE… LINCOLNIA… MCLEAN… MERRIFIELD… OAKTON… RESTON… ROSSLYN… SPRINGFIELD… THE I395 AND I495 INTERCHANGE… THE I66 AND I495 INTERCHANGE… TYSONS CORNER… VIENNA… WOLF TRAP… BETHESDA… CHEVY CHASE… POTOMAC… TAKOMA PARK… THE AMERICAN LEGION BRIDGE… ADAMS MORGAN… AMERICAN UNIVERSITY… GEORGETOWN… MANTUA AND PIMMIT HILLS.

MOST FLASH FLOOD DEATHS OCCUR IN AUTOMOBILES. NEVER DRIVE YOUR VEHICLE INTO AREAS WHERE WATER COVERS THE ROAD. FLOODWATER USUALLY IS DEEPER THAN IT APPEARS. JUST ONE FOOT OF FLOWING WATER IS POWERFUL ENOUGH TO SWEEP VEHICLES OFF THE ROAD. MAKE THE SMART CHOICE WHEN FLOODED ROADS ARE ENCOUNTERED… TURN AROUND… DONT DROWN.

Photo courtesy @gogogaryo

Arlington Under Flood Warning

by ARLnow.com | April 30, 2014 at 9:35 am | 742 views | No Comments

Arlington and the rest of the D.C. area is now under a Flood Warning.

The National Weather Service says urban areas and streams are in danger of flooding as heavy rain continues to fall. Already parts of Old Town Alexandria have flooded and some streams in Arlington are overflowing their banks.

From NWS:

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN STERLING VIRGINIA HAS ISSUED A

* FLOOD WARNING FOR URBAN AREAS AND SMALL STREAMS…

* UNTIL 300 PM EDT

* AT 903 AM EDT… RADAR INDICATED HEAVY RAIN OF UP TO ONE INCH HAD FALLEN IN THE METRO AREA IN THE LAST TWO HOURS. SIMILAR RAINFALL RATES ARE EXPECTED FOR THE NEXT SEVERAL HOURS… WHICH WILL CAUSE STREAMS TO RISE OUT OF THEIR BANKS AND CAUSE FLOODING IN URBAN AREAS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A FLOOD WARNING MEANS THAT FLOODING IS IMMINENT OR HAS BEEN REPORTED. STREAM RISES WILL BE SLOW. HOWEVER… ALL INTERESTED PARTIES SHOULD TAKE NECESSARY PRECAUTIONS IMMEDIATELY.

MOST FLOOD DEATHS OCCUR IN AUTOMOBILES. NEVER DRIVE YOUR VEHICLE INTO AREAS WHERE THE WATER COVERS THE ROADWAY. FLOOD WATERS ARE USUALLY DEEPER THAN THEY APPEAR. JUST ONE FOOT OF FLOWING WATER IS POWERFUL ENOUGH TO SWEEP VEHICLES OFF THE ROAD. WHEN ENCOUNTERING FLOODED ROADS MAKE THE SMART CHOICE… TURN AROUND… DONT DROWN.

Flood Watch Issued, 3-5 Inches of Rain Expected

by ARLnow.com | April 28, 2014 at 3:30 pm | 1,584 views | No Comments

A flash flood watch has been issued for Arlington County and the surrounding D.C. metro area.

Forecasters expect 3-5 inches of rain to fall between now and Thursday as a storm system soaks the region for much of the week. The deluge may cause local creeks, streams and low-lying areas to flood. From the National Weather Service:

… FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM TUESDAY EVENING THROUGH LATE WEDNESDAY NIGHT…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN STERLING VIRGINIA HAS ISSUED A

* FLASH FLOOD WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF MARYLAND… THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA AND VIRGINIA… INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING AREAS… IN MARYLAND… ANNE ARUNDEL… CALVERT… CARROLL… CHARLES… HARFORD… HOWARD… MONTGOMERY… BALTIMORE… PRINCE GEORGES… AND ST. MARYS. IN VIRGINIA… ARLINGTON/FALLS CHURCH/ALEXANDRIA… FAIRFAX… KING GEORGE… PRINCE WILLIAM/MANASSAS/MANASSAS PARK… SOUTHERN FAUQUIER… SPOTSYLVANIA AND STAFFORD… AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA.

* FROM TUESDAY EVENING THROUGH LATE WEDNESDAY NIGHT

* RAIN WILL CONTINUE THROUGH WEDNESDAY NIGHT… WITH THE HEAVIEST RAIN EXPECTED TUESDAY NIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY NIGHT. STORM TOTAL RAINFALL AMOUNTS WILL AVERAGE BETWEEN 3 AND 5 INCHES WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS LIKELY.

* HEAVY AMOUNTS OF RAIN IN SHORT PERIODS OF TIME MAY CAUSE FLASH FLOODING OF CREEKS… STREAMS AND URBAN AREAS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A FLASH FLOOD WATCH MEANS THAT THERE IS THE POTENTIAL FOR FLASH FLOODING. FLASH FLOODING IS A VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION. RAPIDLY MOVING WATER IS POWERFUL AND CAN BE A THREAT TO VEHICLES AS WELL AS PEOPLE AND PROPERTY.

YOU SHOULD MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION SHOULD WARNINGS BE ISSUED. A WARNING WOULD MEAN THAT WE HAVE MOVED FROM THE POSSIBILITY OF FLOODING TO A FLOODING SITUATION IN A SPECIFIC AREA.

Flood Watch Issued for Arlington

by ARLnow.com | January 10, 2014 at 3:55 pm | 334 views | No Comments

Arlington and much of the D.C. area will be under a Flood Watch on Saturday as the region prepares for a soaking.

The National Weather Service says 1-2 inches of rain are expected, raising the possibility of localized flooding.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN STERLING VIRGINIA HAS ISSUED A FLOOD WATCH

* FROM SATURDAY MORNING THROUGH SATURDAY EVENING

* MODERATE TO HEAVY RAIN WILL AFFECT THE WATCH AREA DURING THE DAY ON SATURDAY. TOTAL RAINFALL OF 1 TO 2 INCHES IS EXPECTED… WITH ISOLATED HIGHER AMOUNTS POSSIBLE. THE HEAVIEST RAIN WILL OCCUR ON SATURDAY AFTERNOON. THIS HEAVY RAIN WILL COMBINE WITH COLD AND WET SOILS TO ELEVATE THE THREAT OF FLOODING.

* STREAMS AND CREEKS MAY OVERFLOW THEIR BANKS AS A RESULT OF RUNOFF FROM HEAVY RAINFALL. URBAN AREAS… ESPECIALLY WHERE PRONE TO POOR DRAINAGE… WILL BE SUSCEPTIBLE TO MINOR FLOODING.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A FLOOD WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR FLOODING BASED ON CURRENT FORECASTS.

YOU SHOULD MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE ALERT FOR POSSIBLE FLOOD WARNINGS. THOSE LIVING IN AREAS PRONE TO FLOODING SHOULD BE PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION SHOULD FLOODING DEVELOP.

Ballston Movie Theater, Doorways Home Closed Due to Flooding

by ARLnow.com | January 8, 2014 at 8:00 pm | 2,144 views | No Comments

Ballston Regal theater closed due to flooding Ballston Regal theater closed due to flooding

Update at 8:45 p.m. — First Down Sports Bar and Grill had to shut down tonight, also due to a burst water pipe. From the businesses’ Facebook page: “We have had to close down suddenly for tonight because of a water pipe burst. Hopefully, we’ll be back up and running tomorrow. We will have an update on here as soon as we figure it out. Sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.”

Update at 8:35 p.m. — Tonight’s Arlington County Democratic Committee debate for County Board candidates was briefly evacuated tonight when a reported burst pipe triggered the fire alarm in the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association building.

(Updated at 11:40 p.m.) The Regal Ballston Common 12 theater was closed tonight due to flooding from ruptured water pipes.

Three pipes burst this afternoon, sending water spilling across several floors of the theater, we’re told. A clean-up is underway and the theater is hoping to reopen tomorrow (Thursday).

The water also impacted elevators in the mall building.

“Please be advised this afternoon, the sprinkler pipe broke in the Ballston Mall movie theatre and water is going into the freight elevator,” said a memo sent to workers in the offices above the mall. “As of right now, all elevators are out of service.”

Burst water pipes have plagued homes and businesses across Arlington this week, as temperatures dipped into the teens and single digits. The Trader Joe’s store in Clarendon reopened this morning after a burst water pipe last night. Also last night, the Doorways Family Home in North Arlington, which houses homeless families and victims of domestic violence, was closed when “a sprinkler head in a second floor ceiling burst due to freezing conditions” and flooded the floors down to the basement.

The women and children who were in the home were evacuated to hotels. Restoration crews worked today to make the house habitable again.

Broken Water Pipe Closes Clarendon Trader Joe’s

by ARLnow.com | January 7, 2014 at 10:40 pm | 2,529 views | No Comments

Broken water pipe at Trader Joe's in Clarendon Broken water pipe at Trader Joe's in Clarendon

Update at 10:00 a.m. — The store is back open, a tipster tells us.

The Clarendon Trader Joe’s store (1109 N. Highland Street) was closed tonight after a water pipe burst near the entrance.

The incident happened between 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. The burst pipe also set off the fire alarm, prompting a response from the Arlington County Fire Department. Water gushed out onto the sidewalk in front of the store and also flooded part of the store.

The water on the sidewalk quickly turned to a sheet of ice. Firefighters cordoned off the area with caution tape to prevent pedestrians from slipping and falling. Employees, meanwhile, could be seen trying to mop up water inside the store.

Trader Joe’s was closed during the clean-up. No word yet on when it will reopen.

Numerous burst pipes have been reported around Arlington today (Tuesday), the apparent result of the frigid temperatures.

Arlington Under Flood Watch Through Midnight

by ARLnow.com | October 11, 2013 at 4:45 pm | 868 views | No Comments

Arlington and the surrounding D.C. region is under a Flood Watch through midnight tonight.

Forecasters say 3-6 inches of rain has fallen since Wednesday and another 1-3 inches is expected tonight, raising the possibility of flooding. From the National Weather Service:

…FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT EDT TONIGHT…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN STERLING VIRGINIA HAS EXPANDED
THE

* FLOOD WATCH TO INCLUDE PORTIONS OF MARYLAND…THE DISTRICT OF
COLUMBIA AND VIRGINIA…INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING AREAS…IN
MARYLAND…ANNE ARUNDEL…CALVERT…CHARLES…HOWARD…
MONTGOMERY…PRINCE GEORGES AND ST. MARYS. THE DISTRICT OF
COLUMBIA. IN VIRGINIA…ARLINGTON/FALLS CHURCH/ALEXANDRIA…
CULPEPER…FAIRFAX…GREENE…KING GEORGE…LOUDOUN…
MADISON…NORTHERN FAUQUIER…ORANGE…PRINCE
WILLIAM/MANASSAS/MANASSAS PARK…RAPPAHANNOCK…SOUTHERN
FAUQUIER…SPOTSYLVANIA AND STAFFORD.

* UNTIL MIDNIGHT EDT TONIGHT

* THREE TO SIX INCHES OF RAIN HAS ALREADY FALLEN SINCE WEDNESDAY
ACROSS THE GREATER WASHINGTON DC METRO AREA…CENTRAL MARYLAND
AND THE NORTHERN PIEDMONT REGION OF VIRGINIA. STEADY MODERATE TO
HEAVY RAIN CURRENTLY OVER NORTHERN VIRGINIA WILL SLOWLY SHIFT
SOUTHWARD THROUGH MIDNIGHT.

* ADDITIONAL AMOUNTS OF ONE TO LOCALLY THREE INCHES ARE POSSIBLE
THROUGH THIS EVENING. THIS AMOUNT OF RAINFALL WOULD CAUSE
FLOODING OF SMALL STREAMS AND URBAN AREAS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A FLOOD WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR FLOODING BASED ON
CURRENT FORECASTS.

YOU SHOULD MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE ALERT FOR POSSIBLE
FLOOD WARNINGS. THOSE LIVING IN AREAS PRONE TO FLOODING SHOULD BE
PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION SHOULD FLOODING DEVELOP.

Flash Floods and the Ecology of Local Waterways

by ARLnow.com | July 12, 2013 at 1:20 pm | 1,311 views | No Comments

This article was written by Audrey Batcheller

Flooding in Arlington on 9/8/11 (courtesy Brendan L.)So far this summer, Arlington has been subject to flash floods and flash flood warnings. While flash floods are obviously harmful to those who live in or are trying to navigate through a flooded area, the floods can actually be harmful to the ecology of the flooded waterway itself.

A flash flood is a weather condition defined by the National Weather Service as “a rapid and extreme flow of high water into a normally dry area, or a rapid water level rise in a stream or creek above a predetermined flood level, beginning within six hours of the causative event.” In other words, a tremendous amount of water in a short amount of time caused by thunderstorms or heavy rainfall.

These types of storms are most common in Arlington during the spring and summer months due to the weather and climate of the area, which explains why the flood threats have picked up recently.

The effects of flash floods depend on factors such as the amount of previous rainfall the area has experienced and how much rainfall can be absorbed in the area. Flash floods, therefore, affect all areas and environments differently and there’s no blanket formula to predict how a storm will affect a given area.

Part of the Mt. Vernon Trail is closed due to flooding (file photo)Aside from the potential danger presented from this type of extreme weather condition, heavy rainfall and flash floods can have negative impacts on our local streams and surrounding environments.

“When rainfall runs from developed surfaces in Arlington to local streams, it washes any nutrients on the surface into the watershed,” explains WJLA meteorologist and Arlington Public Schools high school science teacher Ryan Miller.

These nutrients can include fertilizer, pet waste, and gasoline, and when they infiltrate runoff heading towards local tributaries, they eventually end up in the Potomac River and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay. Waterways suffer from the introduction of these pollutants which catalyze a harmful process called eutrophication.

Eutrophication occurs when algae blooms in a body of water deplete the dissolved oxygen levels in the water. This loss of oxygen creates what is referred to as anoxic water and typically results in an environment unsuitable for living organisms.

The harmful effects of eutrophication and runoff can be augmented by flash flooding, considering the abundance of water washing into local streams such as Four Mile Run or Long Branch.

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