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5:15 pm UPDATE: DC Public Schools Closed Again Tomorrow; City Crews Continue Cleanup and Relief Effort

Monday, July 2, 2012

5:15 pm UPDATE: DC Public Schools Closed Again Tomorrow; City Crews Continue Cleanup and Relief Effort

Updated storm response information

(Washington, DC) – Mayor Vincent C. Gray announced today that DC Public Schools (DCPS) will be closed again tomorrow as the District continues recovery efforts in the wake of the derecho (the meteorological term for a long-lived severe thunderstorm event characterized by destructive straight-line winds) that the DC region experienced Friday night and the extreme heat that has followed in its wake.  A state of emergency continues in the District as a result of the storm damage.

Residents are encouraged to get the latest information on emergency response from hsema.dc.gov, dc.gov, and their Twitter and DC311 app accounts.

Below is a round-up of the latest storm-response information from across the DC government:


DCPS campuses will be closed again tomorrow; students and staff assigned to summer school should not report. Moreover, DCPS schools ARE not open for use by other community-based organizations (CBOs) or programs, including Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) participants assigned to DCPS campuses. DCPS administrative offices will remain open.

The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) has suspended student bus transportation services – including transportation of children enrolled in non-public placements, summer programs or in other jurisdictions – for Tuesday, July 3rd.

Note: Residents are encouraged to contact the OSSE Parent Call Center at 202-576-5000 and to receive updated information on emergency responses from the District’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency website (www.hsema.dc.gov), twitter feed (@DC_HSEMA) and DC311 mobile applications.

DCPS campuses without power are:

• Adams School2020 19th Street NW
• Aiton Elementary 533 48th Place NE
• Anacostia High 1601 16th Street SW
• Ballou High  3401 4th Street SE*
• Beers Elementary 3600 Alabama Avenue SE*
• Browne Middle 4800 Meade Street NE
• Burroughs Elementary/Middle 1820 Monroe Street NE
• Burrville Elementary 801 Division Avenue NE
• Dunbar High 1301 New Jersey Avenue NE
• Easton Middle 1800 Constitution Avenue NE
• Eaton Elementary 3301 Lowel Street NW
• Eliot Hine Middle 1830 Constitution Avenue NE
• Ellington High 1698 35th Street NW
• Evans Charter 5600 East Capitol Street NE
• Ferebee-Hope Elementary 3999 8th Street SE*
• Garfield Elementary 2435 Alabama Avenue SE
• Garrison Elementary1200 S Street NW
• Hamilton Special Education 1401 Brentwood Parkway NE
• Harris Middle School 1819 35th Street NW
• Hearst Elementary 3950 37th Street NE
• Johnson Middle  1400 Bruce Place SE
• Lafayette Elementary 5701 Broad Branch Road NW
• Randle Highlands Elementary 1650 30th Street SE
• Savoy Elementary/Middle 2400 Shannon Place SE*
• Spingarn High 2500 Benning Road NE
• Stanton Elementary 2701 Naylor Road SE
• Walker Jones Elementary 1125 G Street NE
• Winston Elementary/Middle  3100 Erie Street SE

* Serves as a summer school location.


As of 11:30 am, PEPCO reported 42,222 customers in the District were without service. The outages were distributed as follows:

• 42,129 residential/business establishments
• 0 health facilities (nursing facilities, hospitals, and community clinics)
• 0 Federal government buildings
• 65 traffic signals
• 28 schools

Pepco reported that it generally follows this restoration sequence:

1. Downed live wires or potentially life-threatening situations and public health and safety facilities (e.g., hospitals, fire and police stations) without power;
2. Transmission lines serving thousands of customers;
3. Substation equipment;
4. Main distribution lines serving large numbers of customers;
5. Secondary lines serving neighborhoods, and;
6. Service lines to individual homes and businesses.


DPW announced today that, in addition to conducting its regular trash and recycling collections from residences with Monday or Tuesday collections, employees will be located at the following schools today and tomorrow, 3 pm to 7 pm, to collect spoiled food from residents who do not want to wait until their normal collection later in the week.

• LaSalle - Backus Elementary School -- 501 Riggs Road NE
• McKinley Tech High School – 151 T Street NE
• Key Elementary School -- 5001 Dana Place NW
• Wilson High School -- 3950 Chesapeake Street NW
• Ferebee-Hope Elementary School -- 3999 8th Street SE
• Garfield Elementary School-- 2435 Alabama Avenue SE

Trucks will be positioned at each site to receive spoiled food only.  Another option available to residents is bringing their spoiled food to the Ft. Totten Transfer Station, 4900 John F. McCormack Road NE, 1 pm-7 pm* Monday and Tuesday.  Ft. Totten will be closed Wednesday, July 4 for the holiday and reopens Thursday. 


DPW will continue to remove storm debris from residential areas through Saturday, July 7.  Residents are asked to do the following:

1. If hiring a tree specialist or landscaping company to cut up fallen trees and limbs, please have your contractor remove all the debris, limbs and branches.
2. From July 1-July 7 only, the Department of Public Works will remove from the treebox space(s) in front of residents’ homes branches that are cut into 4’ lengths and tied into bundles no more than 2’ in diameter. These items can ALSO be placed where the residents’ trash is collected or they may bring them to the Ft. Totten Transfer Station, 4900 John F. McCormack Road NE, weekdays (except July 4th, Independence Day) between 1 pm and 5 pm, or Saturday, July 7, between 8 am and 3 pm. Ft. Totten’s normal hours are 1 pm – 5 pm; however, they are being extended Monday and Tuesday this week because of the storm.
3. Please place debris, bagged or loose, in the treebox space, not the gutter or street so the gutters can remain clear and crews can run mechanical sweepers along the curb lanes and gutters. Also, DPW asks residents to resist putting the debris in the street to help prevent flooding in case of rain before the debris is collected. Do not include rocks, stones or concrete.


DOH reported that power has now been restored to all nursing-home facilities in the District.


All branches in the DC Public Library (DCPL) system will serve as cooling centers during normal operating hours.  In addition, some are operating exteneed hours this evening. The following libraries will be open until 9:00 pm tonight:

• Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Avenue NW
• Capitol View Library, 5001 Central Avenue SE
• Deanwood Library, 1350 49th Street NE
• Francis A. Gregory Library, 3660 Alabama Avenue SE
• Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park Library, 7420 Georgia Avenue NW
• Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G Street NW
• Northeast Library, 330 7th Street NE
• Parklands-Turner Library, 1547 Alabama Avenue SE
• Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Avenue NW
• Southwest Library, 900 Wesley Place SW
• Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Avenue NW
• Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library, 1630 7th Street NW
• West End Library, 1101 24th Street NW
• Woodridge Library, 1801 Hamlin Street NE

NOTE: Takoma Park Library is closed for the day due to a power outage.  

In addition, three Department of Parks and Recreation facilities are serving as overnight cooling centers tonight, Monday, July 2. They will open at 9:00 pm tonight and close at 7:00 am tomorrow. The overnight cooling centers are:

• Kennedy Recreation Center, 1401 7th Street NW
• North Michigan Park Recreation Center, 1333 Emerson Street NE
• Southeast Tennis & Learning Center, 701 Mississippi Avenue SE


DPR continues to work with HSEMA, DGS, Pepco and Fire & EMS to address power outages at various recreation centers across the District. Due to these outages or the fact that the DCPS facilities hosting them are closed, the following DPR Summer Camps and facilities are closed today, Monday, July 2, 2012:

• Arboretum Recreation Center - REC Camp
• Chevy Chase Recreation Center (Not CCCC) - Little Explorers
• Cleveland Elementary School - Spanish Immersion Camp
• Douglass Recreation Center - Little Explorers & Camp SCORE
• Ferebee Hope Recreation Center - DC Achieve, Camp SCORE & REC Camp
• Fort Davis Community Center - Discovery Camp & Soccer Camp
• Hearst Recreation Center - Soccer Camp
• Hillcrest Recreation Center - Discovery Camp, Little Explorers & Nothing But Net
• Lafayette Recreation Center - Discovery Camp & Little Explorers
• Stoddert Recreation Center - Little Explorers
• Therapeutic Recreation Center - Camp Adventure & Camp Funward Bound
• Turkey Thicket Recreation Center - DC Achieve, Little Explorers & Discovery
• Tyler Elementary School - Spanish Immersion Camp
• Watkins Recreation Center – Discovery Camp, Little Explorers & Tween Camp
• East Potomac Outdoor Pool
• Turkey Thicket Recreation Center and Pool


DDOT reports 66 traffic lights are out in the District and 1 is flashing.
DDOT has reported that they’ve received tree service requests as follows, per ward:

• Ward 1: 88
• Ward 2: 99
• Ward 3: 274
• Ward 4: 211
• Ward 5: 180
• Ward 6: 244
• Ward 7: 151
• Ward 8: 57
• Total: 1,304*

*Service requests noted above may be open, pending or closed.


District residents are reminded to call 311 or go online at 311.dc.gov to report downed trees and branches in public space and to be prepared to provide specific details about the location. The service requests are immediately forwarded to DDOT’s Urban Forestry Administration (UFA). Priority is given to street trees that have fallen on homes, cars and power lines, and trees that are blocking roadways; then UFA will shift its focus to storm clean up in alleys and other tree related storm debris.

To report a power outage please call Pepco at 877-PEPCO62. Customers may report outages online at pepco.com or download Pepco’s smart phone app, pepco.com/mobileapp, to report and track their outages.District residents are reminded that trees and branches that fall on or from private property are the responsibility of the property owners.