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Stafford Shelter Closing, Power Outages Decrease

STAFFORD, Va. — Twelve took shelter inside of a refuge set up by Stafford County officials during Sandy. Road crews are working to clean up, and the lake levels at they county’s two reservoirs are still below normal.

The latest from Stafford County spokeswoman Cathy Vollbrecht:


Stafford County will close its shelter at Gayle Middle School at 9:00 a.m. today. There were 12 people in the shelter last night, and all have left this morning.

Stafford’s Emergency Operations Center continues to be staffed and is transitioning from response to recovery mode. Here is a summary of the County’s current situation:

Outages (these continue to decrease)

Novec – 1,217

Northern Neck – 0

Dominion – 1,293

Current Road Closures

Harrell Road due to debris

Portion of Brooke Road due to a tree

VDOT indicates these should be open later this morning.


No disruption in service

Smith Lake – up 4.5′ (still 4′ below normal)

Abel Lake – up 4’2″ (still 22″ below normal)

Government offices

Stafford County Government offices are open during regular business hours (8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.). All courts in Stafford are closed. Woodlands Pool is closed this morning. The Regional Landfill on Eskimo Hill Road is open today and will be open until 6:00 p.m. The Health Department is closed today, as are all offices of the Rappahannock Area Health District, including the City of Fredericksburg, King George, and Spotsylvania. Aquia Landing Park and Little Falls boat ramp is closed today.

Fire and Rescue staff reminds everyone that carbon monoxide poisoning from gas-powered appliances and generators can be deadly. Use generators or grills outside, away from doors, windows, vents and air conditioning units that could allow carbon monoxide to come indoors.

Citizens can dial 311 or (540) 658-HELP (4357) for non-emergency questions. If anyone has a life-threatening emergency, they need to call 911 immediately.


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