Lights Begin to Come On in Falls Church
By FALLS CHURCH TIMES STAFF
July 1, 2012
Power crews began restoring electric service to some neighborhoods in Falls Church City Sunday, as delighted residents enjoyed lights and air conditioning for the first time since Friday night’s storm. The service was spotty, however, with some homes lit up brightly while next door neighbors remained disconnected from the grid.
Power company officials were still attempting Sunday to determine when electricity would be completely restored to Falls Church City following Friday’s storm. On Saturday, Dominion Virginia Power indicated it could take several days for their crews to restore power to the City. By Sunday morning, company spokespersons were hoping to conclude a regional evaluation to provide customers with a more specific time estimate.
The storm, classified as a “derecho” because of its broad front and high winds moving in a singular direction, felled numerous trees and large limbs, downing power lines and associated infrastructure. Commercial tree services from Virginia, Maryland and West Virginia were in Falls Church City cleaning up the damage.
Most businesses in the City were closed Saturday and Sunday, although some, like the Giant at West Falls Shopping Center, used back up generators to remain open. Restaurants in the area that were open did a brisk business. Some gas stations that were open ran out of gasoline.
Falls Church City Schools announced that summer activities would be canceled for Monday July 2.
City Hall announced that its crews would pick up tree debris through July 11, instructing residents to cut limbs to lengths of eight feet or less.
Falls Church Water issued an alert for customers in Tyson’s Corner, Dunn Loring, and Vienna to boil their water before drinking. Customers in those area should continue the precaution through July 2, the time required to conclude system testing following the storm.
By Falls Church Times Staff
July 1, 2012