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DC Government Continues Response to Storm Damage, Heat

Sunday, July 1, 2012

DC Government Continues Response to Storm Damage, Heat

Teams from multiple D.C. government agencies continue to respond to adverse conditions resulting from Friday night’s severe thunderstorms and the ensuing extreme heat.

Teams from multiple D.C. government agencies continue to respond to adverse conditions resulting from Friday night’s severe thunderstorms and the ensuing extreme heat. Mayor Vincent C. Gray is monitoring the situation as he travels back to the District from an economic-development trip to China today, as City Administrator Allen Y. Lew also is staying on top of developments to ensure that D.C. residents have access to cooling centers, water and any other emergency services that may be necessary.

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

Below is a round-up of the latest information from across the D.C. government in response to the storm:

COOLING CENTERS  

The following libraries will be open to the public from 1-9 p.m. today (Sunday, July 1):

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library (901 G Street NW)
  • Anacostia Neighborhood Library (1800 Good Hope Road SE)
  • Dorothy I. Height/Benning Neighborhood Library (3935 Benning Road NE)
  • William O. Lockridge/ Bellevue Neighborhood Library (115 Atlantic Street SW)
  • Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library (4450 Wisconsin Avenue NW)

DPR Recreation Centers Open:

  • Ward 3 - Guy Mason Recreation Center
    3600 Calvert Street NW
    (202) 727-7736
    Hours of operation: 2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
     
  • Ward 4 - Emery Recreation Center
    5801 Georgia Avenue NW (202) 576-3211
    Hours of operation: 2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
     
  • Ward 5 - North Michigan Park Recreation Center
    1333 Emerson Street NE
    Hours of operation: 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
     
  • Ward 6 - Kennedy Recreation Center
    1401 7th Street NW
    (202) 671-4794
    Hours of operation: 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
     
  • Ward 7 - Benning Community Center
    5100 Southern Avenue SE
    (202) 341-6764
    Hours of operation: 2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
     
  • Ward 8 - Southeast Tennis & Learning Center
    701 Mississippi Avenue SE (202) 645-6242
    Hours of operation: 2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

The following religious establishments have volunteered to serve as cooling centers:

  • New Bethel Baptist Church (1739 9th Street NW)
    (202) 387-9100                
     
  • First Trinity Lutheran Church (501 4th Street NW)                                                      
    (202) 737-4859 ext.605
    Sunday: 1300 hours – 1600 hours
     
  • Capitol Hill United Methodist Church (421 Seward Square SE)                           
    (202) 744-6440
    Sunday: 1100 hours – 1500 hours        

PEPCO UPDATE:

As of 1600 hours, PEPCO reported 63,696 customers were without service. The outages were spread amongst the following:

  • 63,630 residential/business establishments
  • 5 health facilities
  • 0 Federal government buildings
  • 46 traffic signals
  • 15 schools

At approximately 1230 hours Pepco issued a press release titled, “Pepco Announces 90 Percent of Customers to be Restored by 11 p.m., Friday, July 6.”

FIRE AND EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES (FEMS)

FEMS advised that they’ve received 1,553 emergency calls for assistance, in total, since the storm (June 29 – present). FEMS units are performing block-by-block reconnaissance for storm-related issues, resolving what they can and forwarding information to the appropriate agencies as needed. FEMS units are in the field assisting DDOT Urban Forestry with tree removal.

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH (DOH)

As of 4:00 p.m., DOH reported that:

  • Ingleside at Rock Creek nursing facility (3050 Military Road NW) has no power, and is operating on a generator. The facility has advised that their fuel supply should last for three days.
  • DOH reported that Sibley Grand Oaks nursing facility (5901 MacArthur Boulevard NW) has no power, and is operating on a generator; a refueling plan in place. 30 residents have been transferred to Sibley; 25 residents have been sent home. 75 residents have been managed with portable air conditioners, hydration stations, and temperature checks every three hours.
  • DOH reported that Forest Side nursing facility (2701 Military Road NW) has no power, and is operating on a generator. The facility has advised that they expect to run out of fuel by early evening. DPW has been made aware and is responding.
  • DOH reported Deanwood nursing facility (5000 Burroughs Avenue NE) has partial power and had temporarily ran out of fuel for their generators; DPW delivered full and partial power has been restored.
  • DOH reported that Methodist Home nursing facility (4901 Connecticut Avenue NW) has had its power restored and is no longer utilizing a generator.
  • DOH reported Washington Center for Aging (2601 18th Street NE) has had its power restored and is no longer utilizing a generator.
  • DOH reported Carolyn Boone nursing facility (1380 Southern Avenue SE) has had its power restored and is no longer utilizing a generator.

DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES (DHS)

DHS is currently seeking assistance on the following matters:

  • Government employees to support shelter and cooling centers.
  • Volunteers to help with checking on seniors and other vulnerable populations.

DEPARTMENT OF PARKS AND RECREATION (DPR)

The following DPR properties are without power; summer camp activities are canceled at the following:

  • Ward 3:  Stoddert
  • Ward 5:  Arboretum and Turkey Thicket
  • Ward 7:  Fort Davis, Benning Stoddert, Therapeutic Recreation Center (TRC) and Hillcrest
  • Ward 8:  Douglass and Bald Eagle

The following pools will be operating on an extended schedule (1200 hours – 2000 hours):

  • Ward 1:  Banneker Recreation Center Pool (2500 Georgia Avenue NW)
  • Ward 2:  Jelleff Recreation Center Pool (3265 S Street NW)
                   Francis Pool (25th & N Street, NW)
  • Ward 4:  Upshur Recreation Center Pool (4300 Arkansas Avenue NW)
  • Ward 5:  Harry Thomas Sr. Pool (1743 Lincoln Road, SE)
  • Ward 6:  Randall Pool (25 I Street SW)
  • Ward 7:  Fort Dupont Pool (830 Ridge Road, SE)
  • Ward 8:  Barry Farm Pool (1230 Sumner Road, SE)
                   Fort Stanton Pool (1800 Erie Street, SE)

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (DDOT)

As of 1350 hours, DDOT reported that 22 fallen trees remained on public space. The trees were distributed as follows:

  • Ward 1:  0
  • Ward 2:  2
  • Ward 3:  3
  • Ward 4:  11
  • Ward 5:  6
  • Ward 6:  0
  • Ward 7:  2
  • Ward 8:  0

DDOT has advised that the traffic signals at the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue & Branch Avenue SE have been restored.

DDOT has advised that all four lanes of 5900 block of New Hampshire Avenue have been closed due to downed wires across the roadway; Pepco has been advised.

DDOT has advised that Canal Road NW has been closed between Arizona Avenue and Reservoir Road.

METROPOLITAN POLICE DEPARTMENT (MPD)

MPD has officers are performing traffic control at the following locations:

  • 515 Underwood Street NW (4D)
  • New Hampshire Ave NW & Oglethorpe Street NW (4D)
  • Cathedral Avenue & Idaho Avenue NW (2D)
  • Division Avenue NE & Nannie Helen Burroughs NE (6D)
  • 3100 Minnesota Avenue SE (6D)
  • 30th Street & Erie Street SE (6D)
  • 3800 12th Street NE (6D)