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UPDATE: District Government Open Today While Recovery Efforts Continue

Monday, July 2, 2012
Mayor Gray and other District officials are continuing to direct a comprehensive city-wide response


CONTACTS: Doxie McCoy (EOM) (202) 727-9691; [email protected]; Robyn Johnson (HSEMA) (202) 481-3095; [email protected]                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Mayor Gray and other District officials are continuing to direct a comprehensive city-wide response to the derecho (the meteorological term for a long-lived severe thunderstorm even characterized by destructive straight-line winds) that the D.C. 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 www.hsema.dc.gov, www.dc.gov, and their Twitter and DC311 app accounts. Below is a round-up of the latest storm-response information from across the D.C. government:



Students and staff assigned to summer school should not report today. Moreover, DCPS schools ARE not open for use by other community-based organizations (CBOs) or programs, including Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) participants. DCPS administrative offices are open.

The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) announced that all OSSE school bus service is suspended – including transportation of children enrolled in non-public placements and in other jurisdictions



As of 1000 hours, PEPCO reported 40,570 customers in the District were without service. The outages were distributed as follows:

  • 40,481 residential/business establishments
  • 4 health facilities
  • 0 Federal government buildings
  • 70 traffic signals
  • 15 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.



DOH reported that two nursing facilities remain without power:

  • Sibley Grand Oaks nursing facility (5901 MacArthur Boulevard NW) has no power and is operating on a generator. Thirty 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 Deanwood nursing facility (5000 Burroughs Avenue, NE) is operating on generators but has no phone service. The residents are being given plenty of ice and water. Requests have been submitted to PEPCO for assistance.  



The D.C. Public Library system will extend hours at five facilities to serve as cooling centers.  These libraries will be open 1300 hours to 2100 hours.  The identified facilities are noted below:

  • 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)

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



DDOT reported 65 malfunctioning traffic signals in the District. Some of the major intersections affected include:

  • First Street & Florida Avenue NE
  • Florida Avenue & New Jersey Avenue NW
  • Tenley Circle (Wisconsin Avenue & Nebraska Avenue NW)
  • Kansas Avenue, Missouri Avenue & Kennedy Street NW
  • 14th Street & Kennedy Street NW
  • New Hampshire Avenue & Farragut Street NW
  • 14th Street & Rhode Island Avenue NE
  • 1st Street & Florida Avenue NW
  • 13th Street & Michigan Avenue NE
  • Michigan Avenue & Monroe Street NE
  • Riggs Road & South Dakota Avenue NE
  • 4th Street & Lincoln Road NE
  • South Dakota Avenue & Monroe Street NE
  • 27th Street & Pennsylvania Avenue SE



DCPS officials have announced that all schools are closed today Monday, July 02, 2012. The following schools are without power:

  • Beers Elementary (3600 Alabama Avenue SE)*
  • Eaton Elementary (3301 Lowel Street, NW)
  • Ferebee-Hope Elementary (3999 8th Street SE)*
  • Garrison Elementary (1200 S Street NW)
  • Lafayette Elementary (5701 Broad Branch Road NW)
  • Randle Highlands Elementary (1650 30th Street SE)
  • Stanton Elementary (2701 Naylor Road SE)
  • Walker Jones Elementary (1125 G Street NE)
  • Burroughs Elementary/Middle (1820 Monroe Street NE)
  • Savoy Elementary/Middle (2400 Shannon Place SE)*
  • Winston Elementary/Middle (3100 Erie Street SE)
  • Eliot Hine Middle (1830 Constitution Avenue NE)
  • Johnson Middle (1400 Bruce Place SE)
  • Ballou High (3401 4th Street SE)*
  • Spingarn High (2500 Benning Road NE)

* Serves as a summer school location                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 


As of 1000 hours, MPD has responded to 308 requests for assistance.

MPD has officers performing traffic control at the following locations:

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



DPR continue to work with HSEMA, DGS, Pepco and Fire & EMS to address power outages at various recreation centers across the District. Due to these outages the following DPR Summer Camps and facilities will remain 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



Since there will be a number of District residents who may be without electricity for several days and may be using gas- powered generators, hospitals and providers should be aware of carbon-dioxide-exposure risk during storm recovery due to improper use of generators and should screen patients as such with concerning symptoms for CO2 poisoning.

Families who use generators should know that:

  • Generators must be placed outside away from windows and ventilation intakes.
  • A generator should never be run inside a building or garage.
  • People should not attempt to pour fuel into a generator while it is running.
  • People should not store containers of fuel near working generators.
  • Cars should never be left running in a garage.
  • Symptoms of carbon-dioxide exposure may include; headache, dizziness, nausea- vomiting, fatigue of symptoms of flu –like illness without a fever.

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.


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