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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Dear Friends, 

 With another snow storm here, I know that many of you are still recovering from the last storm.  As the new storm hits, Please feel free to keep us posted on your neighborhood situation.  As you know, VDOT and Dominion Power are stretched to the limit with the historic conditions we face. I appreciate your patience and your feedback and all that you are doing to help your neighbors in need where you can.

Power Outages—Dominion Power

If you have a power outage, call 888-667-3000 for Dominion Power customers

VDOT—Plowing & Roads

 If Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews have not yet visited your street, call 703-383-VDOT or e-mail [email protected] with the location and pictures if you would like to include them.  Also feel free to e-mail me at [email protected] and we will provide your complaint directly to the NOVA District Administrator's office.


VDOT asks that residents be aware of the following: 

  • The main, more heavily traveled roads in a subdivision will be plowed first, to be followed by low-volume roads and cul-de-sacs.   
  • Because chemicals are not used in subdivisions, roads will remain snow-packed and rutted after the plow has passed. Crews will sand hills, curves and intersections as needed to provide traction.  
  • If planning to shovel their driveways, residents should try to refrain from clearing the last few feet at the curb until your street is plowed, as plows may push snow back into driveways. It also helps to shovel to the right as you face the road.  
  • VDOT does not remove snow from sidewalks or trails.  
  • VDOT plow drivers have assigned routes that include each and every state-maintained road in northern Virginia.  
  • Call 911 if you have a medical emergency and need to leave your home.  
  • Please work to clear snow and ice away from all hydrants so that they are easily visible in the event of a fire. 
  • Plows will make one or two trips to provide a path through neighborhood streets, but they will not clear to bare pavement or from curb to curb.

For updates on road conditions, as well as real-time weather conditions, traffic incidents and traffic camera video, you can also visit www.511Virginia.org or call 511. For overall winter weather information, VDOT's Web site includes frequently asked questions, driving tips and tools for motorists to learn more about VDOT's winter preparedness at http://www.virginiadot.org/travel/snow.asp.

Internet, Cable or Telephone Service


If you lose service you can call:

·         Comcast of Virginia, Inc.: 703-841-7700, TTY 711 

·         Cox Communications, Inc.: 703-378-8422, TTY 378-3924 

·         Verizon Virginia, Inc.: 1-888-553-1555, TTY 1-800-974-6006 

Emergency assistance

·         If you have a life-threatening emergency, call 9-1-1.

·         If you are seeking assistance for an elderly or disabled person during the storm, need information on warming shelters in the area or concerned about an unsheltered individual or family at risk of hypothermia, please dial 2-1-1 or visit 211virginia.org.

·         When you dial 2-1-1, a trained professional will listen to your situation and suggest sources of help using one of the largest databases of health and human services in your community and statewide. All referrals are confidential, and you can search for these same services on 211virginia.org.

·         Detailed safety information is available at http://www.ReadyVirginia.gov.


Firewood Request

Some of your neighbors are in the need of firewood.  This is especially true in the Great Falls area.  People are looking for good vendors, stores that sell some, contacts of people that sell it on the side, or just good Samaritans willing to give some out.

If you have any tips or referrals please

Contact my office at 804-698-1034, or email me at [email protected] and we will post more information on Facebook.

Please visit my website at www.DelegateComstock.com for updates from VDOT and for winter storm safety tips. Many thanks and please take precautions to stay warm and safe.


Barbara Comstock

Paid for by Friends of Barbara Comstock.