Hurricane Joaquin Weather Update for Fredericksburg
With the track of Hurricane Joaquin shifting eastward, the impact of this weather event to the City of Fredericksburg is now likely to be minimal. Heavy rains from a separate storm system will continue to saturate the ground through Saturday with more moderate rain continuing into Sunday, and the potential remains for flash flooding and water damage in low lying areas.
Homeowners are still urged to take precautions to safeguard their property against this possibility.
The Rappahannock River is now forecast to crest at 2 a.m. on Sunday morning, Oct. 4, 2015, at 12.2 feet. Flood stage for the river is 18 feet, but homes located in the area of City Dock begin to be impacted once water levels reach 13 feet.
Both Old Mill Park and City Dock are closed due to the elevated level of the river, and will remain closed throughout the weekend. Editor’s Note: Historic Port of Falmouth Park and Aquia Landing Park in Stafford are closed. Also closed due to flooding are River Road and Harrell Road in Stafford.
For their own safety, residents are reminded to please stay out of the river!
Important Contact Information
For flooded basements, request the Fire Department to assist by contacting the Police Department E-911 Dispatch Center at 540-373-3122.
To report blocked storm drains, debris in the streets, or other problems with streets or storm water systems, contact the Department of Public Works at 540-372-1023. This number is answered during regular working hours of Monday – Friday, 8:15 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. To report problems after hours, again contact the non-emergency number of the E-911 Dispatch Center at 540-373-3122.
With hurricane season in full swing through the end of November, residents are urged to be ready and make the following preparations in advance:
– Sign up for text alerts/weather warnings at FredericksburgAlert.com
– Pack an emergency supply kit with a minimum three-day supply of essential items such as water, non-perishable food, first aid kit, extra batteries and prescribed medications.
– Decide how and where everyone in the family will meet up with each other if separated.
– Be prepared to evacuate, especially if the home is located in a low lying area or along the river.
More information about severe weather preparedness can be found at the website of the Virginia Department of Emergency Management at http://www.vaemergency.gov/ReadyVirginia
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