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Closings and delays for Friday, March 6, 2015

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PRTC service suspended, portion of Dale Boulevard closed

Poor weather conditions led to the closure of a portion of Dale Boulevard, between Gideon Drive and Birchdale Avenue on Thursday afternoon.

Prince William police warned drivers who were on the on the roads or thinking of venturing out into the winter mess to think twice.

The late winter storm also prompted the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission to suspend all services for the remainder of the day. The commission operates OmniLink local buses in Prince William, Manassas, and Manassas Park, as well as OmniRide commuter buses.

Here’s a portion of the message PRTC sent to riders:

Based on the latest National Weather Service report and road conditions, ALL PRTC services are SUSPENDED for the remainder of today, Thursday, March 5.  The LAST Prince William Metro Direct and Manassas Metro Direct buses will depart the Metro Stations at 3PM.

For service on FRIDAY, MARCH 6, you can expect buses to operate regular service unless a new ESP message is sent out.

Emergency crews in Stafford County were also working accidents today:

More than four inches of snow has fallen in portions of Prince William County between noon and 2 p.m., according to the National Weather service.’

Here are some preliminary snow totals from the National Weather Service: 

...PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY...
   3 NNW WOOLSEY          4.1  1245 PM  3/05  TRAINED SPOTTER         
   GAINESVILLE            4.0  1243 PM  3/05  PUBLIC                  
   1 ENE DUMFRIES         2.0   150 PM  3/05  TRAINED SPOTTER     

...STAFFORD COUNTY...
   1 WSW SEALSTON         0.8   110 PM  3/05  COCORAHS         

A winter storm warning remains in effect until 9 p.m. Four to eight inches of snow is expected to fall from this storm.

The heaviest snow is expected to fall before 4 p.m. Cold daytime temperatures follow the snow on Friday as the mercury is not slated to rise above 30 degrees. Saturday is a bit warmer with partly sunny skies and high temperatures in the low 4os.

 

Volunteer fire chiefs uneasy over plan to use fire levy to pay career firefighter salaries

Volunteer fire chiefs weighed in a on plan to use $4 million from the county’s fire levy to pay the salaries of some career firefighters.

The majority of the volunteer chiefs who spoke to the Executive Committee of the Prince William County Fire Rescue Association. It’s the organization that binds and governs the county’s volunteer and career fire services, headed by the County Fire Chief Kevin McGee,

The majority of the volunteer chiefs expressed fears that county officials will raid the fire levy, traditionally used to pay for daily operations and equipment purchases at the county’s 12 volunteer fire stations and one rescue squad.

The fire levy is expected to generate $34.4 million in fiscal 2016. About $30 million of the fire levy revenues generated in 2016 will go to fund fire and rescue operations costs.

The fire levy has a fund balance of $77.8 million and has been used to cash fund county fire and rescue projects such as building new stations and buying new apparatus.

 

Chiefs fear county could become dependent on funds 

County officials say that shifting $4 million from the levy is a needed move to help pay the salaries of career firefighters, more of which are being added to staff stations during what are traditionally volunteer hours, from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. and holidays, because volunteer companies cannot staff them.

“The [Prince William County Board of Supervisors] feels that when there’s an emergency, citizens want someone to respond to the call, and they don’t care whether or not it is a volunteer or career firefighter,” Prince William Deputy County Executive Christopher Martino told the volunteer chiefs.

The volunteer chiefs agreed.  They also warned that a reliance on levy funds to pay for salaries could lead to a growing dependence on the fund. That could mean having the needed number of career firefighters to respond to calls but not having the cash on hand to replace aging equipment.

Keep Reading…

$1.3M Service Authority project to rehab two water tanks in Prince William

The Prince William County Service Authority has begun the process of updating two of its water tanks in Prince William, as part of a 10-year maintenance program.

The maintenance program will rehabilitate all 22 water tanks in the county over the 10-year period.

The first two to undergo rehabilitation are the Hoadly tank off of Prince William Parkway in Woodbridge and the Mt. Pone tank located near Route 234 and Sudley Manor Drive in Manassas.

The Hoadly tank was built in 1990, and the Mt. Pone tank was built back in 1969.

Currently, the Hoadly tank is set to be complete by the end of April, and no completion date has been projected for the Mt. Pone tank.

These first two tanks are going to cost $1.3 million to rehabilitate, according to a Service Authority release.

Maintenance and rehabilitation of all of the tanks will include painting, draining and cleaning the inside of the tanks, as well as performing any necessary repairs.

All of these projects are being doing a preemptive way to extend the life of the water tanks in Prince William County.

“By establishing a rigorous maintenance program, the Service Authority is extending the life expectancy of its tanks and improving the quality of the water stored inside of them,” said Operations and Maintenance Director Don Pannell in a release.

Next on the list for completion are the Maplewood and Haymarket tanks on the western end of the county.

Closings and delays for March 5, 2015

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Bumper sticker blues for Dumfries Democrat Derrick Wood?

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Derrick Wood is running to unseat longtime Prince William County Potomac District Supervisor Maureen Caddigan.

Wood is a Dumfries Town Councilman, and the Council spent some time Tuesday night discussing a campaign sticker affixed to the top of Wood’s laptop computer. Wood used the laptop during the televised Feb. 17 meeting of the Council, and that sticker was clearly visible to the cameras.

While a Dumfries Town Council meeting doesn’t bring in the same kind of TV ratings as, say, American Idol, there were some questions about the appropriateness of the campaign sticker that was displayed at the public meeting.

“Council should be reminded not to use the town meetings and council resources to advance a political agenda… I asked Councilman Wood how he would like to proceed… to give me a call to talk about it…” said Mayor Jerry Foreman.

Following the Feb. 17 meeting, Foreman, who also seeks higher office in the Virginia Senate and bids to replace longtime Senator Toddy Puller, sent an email to Wood, which he read a portion of Tuesday, referencing the bumper sticker and demanding a phone call to talk about it.

That call never came.

“I did not respond to you due to the tone of your email saying you ‘expected’ a phone call from me, knowing the phone works both ways,” Wood responded.

Vice-Mayor Willie Toney agreed with the mayor and urged the Council move on to other matters.

“When you put out the email you, you were spot on. I don’t think this is the appropriate time to discuss something that is to appease you,” said Toney.

That was followed by several outbursts from Councilwoman Helen Reynolds demanding the Mayor to “stop talking” and move on to other issues.

Foreman  once again called for the adoption of a code of conduct for Town Council members. Dumfries Town Attorney Oluan Simmons on Wednesday confirmed there is no such document on file that governs the conduct of elected officials in the town.

Councilwoman Gwen Washington urged the council to take up the matter again away from TV cameras during a closed session.

“I don’t see this is a closed session discussion,” said Councilman Cliff Brewer. “We need to have some kind of rules in place so this doesn’t happen again by anyone, whether it be this council or a future council.”

Before Wood can run against Caddigan, he must first win an Primary Election facing fellow Democrat Andrea Bailey, who currently holds no public office.

Nokesville man arrested in Woodbridge for indecent exposure

Yesterday afternoon, Prince William County police officers responded to a call in Woodbridge in relation to an indecent exposure.

According to call made to police, the suspect, Paul Arthur Cocca, was sitting outside of a hair salon, exposing himself to employees. 

Cocca fled the scene prior to the officers’ arrival, but police located his vehicle near Minnieville Road and Summit School Road and made an arrest. 

He is currently being held without bond.

More from a Prince William County Police Department release:

Indecent Exposure – On March 3rd at 1:28PM, officers responded to the 12700 block of Darby Brooke Ct in Woodbridge (22192) to investigate an indecent exposure. The caller reported to police that an unknown man was sitting on a sidewalk, outside of a hair salon, exposing himself to employees through a window. The caller contacted police and the man fled the area prior to police arriving at the business. Witnesses were able to provide officers with a description of the vehicle that the suspect was last seen driving. Officers located and stopped a vehicle matching the description in the area of Minnieville Rd and Summit School Rd. Through the investigation, officers positively identified the driver as the accused and further determined that he was the man involved in the incident. Following the investigation, the accused was arrested. 

Arrested on March 3rd:

Paul Arthur COCCA, 64, of 13504 Highland Farms Ct in Nokesville

Charged with indecent exposure

Court date: April 23, 2015 | Bond: held WITHOUT bond

4 to 8 inches expected, snow heaviest Thursday morning

11:15 a.m.

Here’s a weather forecast from the National Weather Service for projected accumulation in the next few hours.

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11:08 a.m.

The snow is coming down hard in the Manassas area right now. Video submitted by one of our reporters, Amber Champ. 

 

10:53 a.m.

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is ready to clear roads as the winter storm continues to move across the area this afternoon. They have advised against non-essential travel on roads today.

More from a VDOT release:

Virginia Department of Transportation crews with nearly 900 pieces of available equipment are ready to treat and clear roads this afternoon as a winter storm moves across the 14-county Fredericksburg District. 

Road conditions are currently clear in most of the Fredericksburg area, with ice beginning to appear on primary roads in Stafford County, which is experiencing sleet and freezing rain.

Road conditions are clear and wet in the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula.

Conditions are expected to change quickly as rain changes to sleet, freezing rain and snow this afternoon, and driving could quickly become hazardous.

 Before starting a trip, travelers should check real-time road conditions at 511Virginia.org, by calling 511, or downloading VDOT’s free mobile 511 app. While snow is falling, motorists are advised to stay off the roads and delay nonessential travel.

VDOT has tree removal contactors on standby to assist the agency with removing trees and other debris that may obstruct travel lanes. 

Temperatures are expected to fall below freezing Thursday evening into Friday morning, which could lead to icy, slippery road conditions. VDOT crews will apply salt to melt ice and snow, and sand to improve traction for motorists.

What Motorists Should Know: 

While snow is falling, VDOT crews will make repeated passes on Interstate 95, primary roads, and key secondary roads to keep travel lanes clear.

VDOT’s goal is to have all roads passable within 48 hours of a storm’s end.

Motorists are encouraged to delay any nonessential travel.

VDOT’s Customer Service Center is open 24 hours a day to answer questions and take reports of roadway hazards at 1-800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623).

Shovel snow from your driveway to the right as you face the street. This will minimize the snow pushed into your driveway by plows clearing the road. Consider waiting to shovel the last several feet closest to the street until after plows have passed.

 

8:53 p.m.

The National Weather Service has released a Dense Fog Advisory, in effect until 10 p.m. tonight.

7:07 p.m.

Wondering if you have work or school tomorrow? Take a look at our closings page.

4:18 p.m.

The City of Manassas has declared a snow emergency, effective starting 8 a.m. tomorrow.

More from a city release:

On March 4, 2015, the City of Manassas is declaring a Snow Emergency effective at 8 a.m. on March 5, 2015 due to the impending snow event. This means that cars parked along designated snow emergency routes are subject to towing and fines.

Snow emergency routes in the City of Manassas are as follows:  Dumfries Road/Route 234, Hastings Drive, Godwin Drive, Liberia Avenue, Richmond Avenue, Fairview Avenue, Grant Avenue, Wellington Road, Ashton Avenue, Cockrell Road, Nokesville Road/Route 28, Center Street, Prescott Avenue, Sudley Road/Route 234, Church Street, Zebedee Street, Centreville Road/Route 28, Mathis Avenue, Portner Avenue and Euclid Avenue.

Once the snow event is over, the City will issue a termination of the snow emergency and will reopen these streets to parking.

1:41 p.m.

The Service Authority is asking residents to help keep fire hydrants free of snow during the storm, in case of incidents where fire and rescue need access.

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Expect more snow – and lots of it.

The National Weather Service has issues a Winter Storm Warning, in effect from midnight to 9p.m. on Thursday.

There is a wintry mix expected, with between 4 to 8 inches of snow accumulation and additional ice accumulation.

The snow is expected to be heaviest during late Thursday morning, and continue on through Thursday afternoon.

If you’re still planning to commute into work on Thursday morning, VDOT is urging caution, and has also issued a release about difficulties traveling during the storm. 

Potomac Local will keep you updated on the latest in closings, delays and outages.

More from a National Weather Service alert:

…WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT

TO 9 PM EST THURSDAY… 

* PRECIPITATION TYPES…WINTRY MIX…THEN ALL SNOW…HEAVY AT

TIMES. 

* ACCUMULATIONS…SNOW ACCUMULATION OF 4 TO 8 INCHES…ALONG

WITH AROUND A TRACE OF ICE.

* TIMING…RAIN CHANGES TO WINTRY MIX AROUND MIDNIGHT THEN ALL

SNOW THURSDAY. SNOW HEAVIEST THURSDAY LATE MORNING INTO THE

AFTERNOON. 

* TEMPERATURES…IN THE UPPER 20S.

* WINDS…NORTH 10 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 25 MPH.

* IMPACTS…ROADS WILL BE SNOW COVERED…VISIBILITIES WILL DROP

TO AROUND A QUARTER-MILE AT TIMES…MAKING TRAVEL DANGEROUS. 

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER

CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW

ARE FORECAST THAT WILL MAKE TRAVEL DANGEROUS. ONLY TRAVEL IN AN

EMERGENCY. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL…KEEP AN EXTRA FLASHLIGHT…

FOOD…AND WATER IN YOUR VEHICLE IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY. 

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Multiple arrests made in Manassas following gang investigation

A coalition of law enforcement agencies, including the Northern Virginia Regional Gang Task Force, City of Manassas Park Police, Virginia State Police, Fairfax County Police and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security were able to make several arrests on February 25, following a gang activity investigation.

The arrests were made in relation to a case involving gang recruitment for a gang known as Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13.

Two search warrants were executed in Reston on a suspect’s vehicle. This search provided evidence that led to the arrest of four suspects. Additionally, there has been a total of 43 warrants issued, and more charges are currently pending.

The coalition of law enforcement agencies had been working together for almost three months on the investigation. The investigation followed the assault of a 15-year old girl in Manassas by the MS-13 gang as part of a gang initiation ritual back in November.

Two individuals were taken into custody on February 25 – Jose Angel Iraheta Palacios, and Carlos Albert Hernandez-Garcia.

More from Manassas City Police Department crime report: 

Arrested on February 25, 2015:

1) IRAHETA PALACIOS, Jose Angel (AKA: “Little Crazy”), 30

Address: 11910 Winterthur Ln, Reston, VA 20191

Charged with: human trafficking; gang participation (9 counts); gang recruitment (2 counts); conspiracy to cause a juvenile to assist in the distribution of marijuana (3 counts); conspiracy to distribute marijuana; contributing to the delinquency of a minor; aiding illicit sexual intercourse; use of a vehicle to promote unlawful sexual intercourse; threaten force to encourage gang participation; and obstruction of justice

IRAHETA PALACIOS, Jose Angel (30)

2) HERNANDEZ-GARCIA, Carlos Albert (AKA: “Momia” and “Albert”), 20

Address: None fixed

Charged with: human trafficking; gang participation (6 counts); gang recruitment (2 counts); conspiracy to distribute marijuana; conspiracy to cause a juvenile to assist in the distribution of marijuana; and contributing to the delinquency of a minor

 

 

 

Prince William property tax bills to increase by $139 under advertised tax rate, county jobs still on chopping block

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Prince William leaders set an advertised tax rate Tuesday night.

It’s lower than the 4% increase agreed upon last year in the county’s five-year budget plan, but it’s higher than an earlier 1.3% rate increase that would have meant multiple cuts in county services, and pay freezes for county employees.

The Board of Supervisors set the advertised property tax rate at $1.122 per $100 of assessed value (property taxes are the main source of revenue for county governments in Virginia). That’s a 3.88% increase over last year’s tax rate. The rate would generate an average tax bill of $3,722 per household, an increase of $139 per year, $12 more per month than last year.

Since the county government gives about 57% of its total budget to the schools, the $1.122 rate will mean $8.4 million than what the school division expected to receive under the 1.3% increase batted about when budget talks began in earnest last month. The school division would is still short about $8 million of what it needs to fully funded, according to officials.

For about $40 more per household, the schools would have been fully funded if the county adopted a tax rate of $1.135, raising the average property tax bill by 5.11%, according to officials.

Since the Board of Supervisors set the advertised tax rate at $1.122, they cannot go higher at budget adoption time April 21. The option to fully fund the schools is now off the table.

Gainesville District Supervisor Peter Candland  proposed the 1.3% increase, which would have set a property tax rate of of $1.094 per $100 of assessed value. It would have capped the growth of the average tax bill at $47. That proposal would have also meant slashing community services, supplemental funding for Magistrates at the county’s courthouse, funding for libraries, funding for criminal gang education and awareness efforts, as well as cuts in funded healthcare services.

As of Feb. 21, funding to many of these programs was restored by the Board of Supervisors, with the exception of a portion of funding to the county’s capital park bond projects, a program for juvenile drug offenders, $175,000 in funding to Healthy Families prevention program, and $319,000 in funding for the county’s in-house print shop.

Discover Prince William / Manassas, the agency that promotes tourism in the county and Greater Manassas areas, could also see $92,000 of its funding shifted into the county’s Historic Preservation department.  Keep Reading…

Election-year town hall draws out officials, candidates, community

A community Town Hall meeting hosted by Delegate Luke Torian the Ferlazzo Building  in Woodbridge Monday night was an opportunity for elected officials and political candidates to voice their views. It was also a chance for residents in Prince William County to communicate with law enforcement officials.

During the meeting, Torian, Supervisor John Jenkins, and Supervisor Maureen Caddigan spoke about community issues that they felt passionate about, as well as how to properly communicate with law enforcement as a community.

“We have a very compassionate, and a very caring community,” Caddigan said.

Among the primary topics discussed were the continuing conversation on homelessness, transportation, and school funding.

“I want to fight for continuous road improvements. Those pot-holes that you see out there [on the road] right now are not the norm,” Jenkins said.

Karl Brower, the Prince William County NAACP chapter president, and Maria Burgos-Singleton, a representative from Prince William County Public Schools also spoke about their respective causes and called for community action and acceptance of the county’s diversity.

The Prince William County Sheriff Glen Hill, a representative of the Virginia State Police and Prince William County Police Department Chief Steve Hudson all presented information about what their law enforcement organizations do within the county, and fielded questions from residents. Keep Reading…

State police assisted Homeland Security agency in Dale City

On Sunday morning in Dale City, several law enforcement vehicles were seen outside a Giant Food supermarket location in Center Plaza on Dale Boulevard. 

Several uniformed officers were inside the store. One uniformed officer stated that they had been in the area since 3:30 a.m. working on a “bust”.

“The troopers were assisting the U.S. Department of Homeland Security,” said Corinne Geller,Virginia State Police spokeswoman. 

Geller referred press to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for comment. The agency provided no specific comment on the police activity in Dale City.

“Every day, as part of routine operations, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) works in partnership with state and local law enforcement agencies to target and arrest criminals and other individuals who are considered agency priorities,” said Carissa Cutrell, a Public Affairs Officer for DHS.

 

 

 

Flooding possible, significant snowfall expected Wednesday night

While the winter weather wasn’t as severe as predicted today, the National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook alert.

The rain is expected to continue into Wednesday, and could pose a flooding threat in some areas.

Late Wednesday night the precipitation is expected to turn into snow. There has been no exact project on the amount of snowfall expected, but the accumulation is projected to be significant.

Potomac Local will be releasing all information about weather updates, closings, delays and outages.

More from a National Weather Service alert:

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN…WEDNESDAY THROUGH MONDAY 

HEAVY RAIN IS POSSIBLE WEDNESDAY INTO WEDNESDAY NIGHT WHICH COULD

COMBINE WITH SNOWMELT FOR A LOCALIZED FLOODING THREAT. 

SIGNIFICANT SNOWFALL ACCUMULATIONS WILL BE POSSIBLE LATE WEDNESDAY

NIGHT INTO THURSDAY. THERE IS UNCERTAINTY WITH REGARD TO HOW MUCH

SLEET MAY MIX IN WITH THE SNOW. PLEASE STAY TUNED FOR DETAILS.

Snow, sleet expected tomorrow morning into the evening

3:16p.m.

The Winter Weather Advisory has been called off by the National Weather Service, as the precipitation has been mostly rain.

10:48a.m.

With the impending winter weather forecasted today, VDOT has issued a release warning drivers to be careful on the roads today, as conditions could become dangerous.

More from a VDOT release:

Motorists are advised that sleet and freezing rain could affect road conditions this afternoon in the Fredericksburg area, especially in northern and western areas. 

Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews are ready to apply salt and sand to reduce icing, and provide additional traction for vehicle tires. Sleet and freezing rain are forecast to affect the region starting in early afternoon, followed by rain.

Rain is forecast this afternoon in the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula.

Travelers are encouraged to monitor weather forecasts and road conditions on 511Virginia before starting a trip this afternoon. 

Motorists are encouraged to:

Slow down and allow extra travel time to reach your destination.

Be aware of potentially icy areas such as bridges, ramps, hills, curves and overpasses. 

Keep a safe following distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles and trucks that are applying sand, salt, and treatment chemicals to the road.

Use extra caution on roads carrying less traffic, such as subdivision streets.

12a.m.

And just when you thought that the snow was over – it’s come back again. 

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory earlier this evening, in effect tomorrow morning at 9a.m. until 10p.m.

Snow and sleet accumulation is expected to be up to 1 inch, and there is some anticipated ice accumulation as well.

As always, Potomac Local will keep you up to date on the latest in weather, closings, delays and outages.

More from a National Weather Service alert:

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 9 AM TO 10 PM
EST TUESDAY...

* LOCATIONS...THE BALTIMORE AND WASHINGTON METROPOLITAN AREAS
  AND NORTH CENTRAL MARYLAND.

* HAZARD TYPES...SNOW...SLEET AND FREEZING RAIN.

* ACCUMULATIONS...SNOW AND SLEET ACCUMULATION OF UP TO 1
  INCH...ALONG WITH UP TO ONE TENTH OF AN INCH OF ICE.

* TIMING...TUESDAY MORNING THROUGH LATE TUESDAY EVENING.

* IMPACTS...ROADS WILL BE SNOW AND ICE COVERED. TRAVELING WILL BE
  DANGEROUS.

* WINDS...SOUTHEAST 5 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 25 MPH.

* TEMPERATURES...IN THE UPPER 20S.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW...SLEET...OR
FREEZING RAIN WILL CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR
SLIPPERY ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES...AND USE CAUTION WHILE
DRIVING.

Fort Belvoir Community Hospital floods, closes for the day

Fort Belvoir Community Hospital in May 2011, prior to its opening. (Mary Davidson/PotomacLocal.com)

Update 

Fort Belvoir Community Hospital and its outlying health centers at Dumfries and Fairfax are OPEN and non-emergency employees have the option for UNSCHEDULED LEAVE or UNSCHEDULED TELEWORK. All appointments remain on schedule; however, we encourage patients and staff to first take their safety into consideration before driving into work or coming in for an appointment. If the roads are dangerous to drive on, patients can contact the clinic where they have an appointment scheduled to cancel or reschedule. Military and civilian staff who may have difficulty reporting to work must contact their immediate supervisors to coordinate unscheduled leave or unscheduled telework.

Original post 

The Fort Belvoir Community Hospital is closed due to flooding inside the building.

Officials at Fort Belvoir issued this statement:

URGENT NOTICE: Hospital Closing Due To Basement Flooding

Fort Belvoir Community Hospital is CLOSED today due to water supply and plumbing problems that are impacting healthcare operations and network capabilities. All routine and acute appointments as well as elective surgeries are CANCELLED.

Emergency Room services are CLOSED as well. Patients should contact the Tricare Nurse Advice Line at 1-800-TRICARE (1-800-874-2273) and select option #1 to speak with a team member about an urgent care need. Patients can also visit the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center emergency room for assistance.

Dumfries and Fairfax Health Centers may also be impacted as a result of limited network capabilities.

Hospital staff will contact patients to reschedule appointments; however, patients can also contact the Integrated Referral Management Appointing Center at 855-227-6331 to rescheduled appointments.

The $1 billion hospital opened in August 2011. The project devised in most recent round of BRAC replaced Dewitt Army Community Hospital at Fort Belvoir.

The hospital has 12o patient rooms. It was designed five phases, and was touted at the time of opening as the only hospital of its kind to incorporate views of nature.

First Friday March Madness in Downtown Manassas

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  • Historic Manassas Inc.
  • Address: 9431 West Street Manassas, Virginia 20110
  • Website: visitmanassas.org

Historic Downtown Manassas is going a little “mad” for First Friday. On March 6 from 6 to 9 p.m., City restaurants, retailers and the Manassas Museum are offering specials and special entertainment.

The list participating merchants is growing and can be viewed at .visitmanassas.org.

Each store and restaurant is selecting their own way to celebrate March with either a Mardi Gras, St. Patrick’s Day or other March theme.

The Manassas Museum will offer free admission and 10% off at Echoes, their gift store.

The Osbourn High School String Quartet will serenade museum visitors.

There will be book signings, drink specials and much more around the Historic Downtown of the City of Manassas. Come for dinner and stay to shop and explore.

Inspired by the success of the monthly event concept held in other localities, First Friday in Historic Downtown was created by the Historic Manassas, Inc. promotions committee to enhance tourism and entertainment offerings in the City of Manassas.

The initial First Friday event was held in February 2014 and has grown and evolved. Some months feature roving musicians and caricature artists, while other months feature sidewalk art, games or special foods.

Closings and delays Monday, March 2, 2015

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Volunteer fire department responds to house fire in Woodbridge

Last night, the Occoquan Woodbridge Lorton Volunteer Fire Department responded to a call for a fire at a town home on Pohick Creek Court in Woodbridge. 

Responders noted heavy smoke coming from the home on the scene, and had the fire under control in 20 minutes.

One family has been displaced, but no injuries have been reported.

More from a media release:

Occoquan Woodbridge Lorton VFD responds to Town House Fire.  

Woodbridge, VA February 28, 2015 9:05p.m. – Occoquan-Woodbridge-Lorton Volunteer Firefighters responded to the report of a townhouse fire at 1910 Pohick Creek Ct. Initial units arrived on scene within minutes and reported heavy smoke coming from the second floor of the townhouse. Upon entering the building, crews found significant fire from the kitchen extending into the second floor.  The fire was under control within 20 minutes. Crews remained on scene for several hours.

One family was displaced. The cause of the fire is under investigation from the Fire Marshalls office. Fire and Rescue units from OWL VFD, Dale City VFD, PWCDF&R and Fairfax responded to the incident.

OWL VFD is one of the largest and busiest volunteer fire departments in the United States with over 300 members. OWL VFD provides fire suppression, EMS care, and rescue services to 80,000 residents in our 27 square mile area through the operation of three fire stations. OWL volunteer Firefighters and EMTs work the 6 pm to 6 am shift, five days a week, plus 24/7 holidays and weekends. 

Closings and delays Sunday, Mar. 1, 2015

Potomac Local will keep you up to date on the latest in closings and delays.

 

Wintry mix today, into tomorrow morning

5:53p.m.

The Stafford County Fire and Rescue Department were called to the scene of another collision, at Shelton Shop and Courthouse Road. According to the department, one of the individuals in the crash was injured.

1:05 p.m. 

winter strom warn

A winter storm warning is in effect for Prnce William and Stafford counties, and the cities of Manassas and Manassas Park until 3 a.m. Monday.
Here’s the latest from the National Weather Service:

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON HAS
ISSUED A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR FREEZING RAIN…WHICH IS IN
EFFECT UNTIL 3 AM EST MONDAY. THE WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IS NO
LONGER IN EFFECT.

* LOCATIONS…WASHINGTON METROPOLITAN AREA…CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN
MARYLAND.

* HAZARD TYPES…SNOW…SLEET…AND FREEZING RAIN.

* ACCUMULATIONS…A COATING TO AN INCH OF SNOW AND SLEET. 1 TO 2
INCHES OF SNOW AND SLEET NEAR THE MASON-DIXON LINE. ICE
ACCUMULATION AROUND ONE QUARTER INCH.

* TIMING…SNOW AND SLEET WILL CHANGE TO FREEZING RAIN BETWEEN 11
AM AND 1 PM THIS AFTERNOON. THE HEAVIEST ICE ACCRETION FROM FROM
FREEZING RAIN IS EXPECTED THIS AFTERNOON AND EARLY EVENING.
PRECIPITATION WILL END THIS EVENING.

* IMPACTS…ROADS WILL BE SNOW AND ICE COVERED THROUGH TONIGHT.
TRAVELLING WILL BE DANGEROUS.

* WINDS…SOUTH AROUND 5 TO 10 MPH.

* TEMPERATURES…RISING THROUGH THE 20S THIS AFTERNOON.
TEMPERATURES WILL RISE INTO THE LOWER 30S

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