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Thursday, December 24, 2009

NWS Issues FLOOD WATCH

Event: Flood Watch
Alert: ...FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM FRIDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH LATE
FRIDAY NIGHT...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN STERLING VIRGINIA HAS ISSUED A

* FLOOD WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF MARYLAND...THE DISTRICT OF
COLUMBIA AND VIRGINIA...INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING AREAS...IN
MARYLAND...ANNE ARUNDEL...CALVERT...CARROLL...CHARLES...
FREDERICK MD...HARFORD...HOWARD...MONTGOMERY...NORTHERN
BALTIMORE...PRINCE GEORGES...SOUTHERN BALTIMORE AND ST. MARYS.
THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA. IN VIRGINIA...ALBEMARLE...

ARLINGTON/FALLS CHURCH/ALEXANDRIA...CULPEPER...FAIRFAX...
FAUQUIER...GREENE...KING GEORGE...LOUDOUN...MADISON...NELSON...
ORANGE...PRINCE WILLIAM/MANASSAS/MANASSAS PARK...
RAPPAHANNOCK...SPOTSYLVANIA AND STAFFORD.

* FROM FRIDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH LATE FRIDAY NIGHT

* STRONG LOW PRESSURE WILL AFFECT THE AREA FRIDAY AFTERNOON
THROUGH FRIDAY NIGHT BRINGING MODERATE TO HEAVY RAIN. WIDESPREAD
RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF 1 TO 1.5 INCHES ARE EXPECTED THROUGH FRIDAY
NIGHT...WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS OVER 2 INCHES POSSIBLE. THE
RAINFALL COMBINED WITH MELTING SNOW WILL BE CAPABLE OF CAUSING
FLOODING IN URBAN AREAS AS WELL AS SMALL STREAMS AND OTHER POOR
DRAINAGE AND LOW LYING AREAS.

Instructions: A FLOOD WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR FLOODING BASED ON CURRENT FORECASTS. YOU SHOULD MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE ALERT FOR POSSIBLE FLOOD WARNINGS. THOSE LIVING IN AREAS PRONE TO FLOODING SHOULD BE PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION SHOULD FLOODING DEVELOP

3-Alarm Fire on Maxwell Drive will Displace 15 Families

Just before 2:00 PM, Thursday, December 24, 2009, Firefighters and Paramedics from the Suitland area were alerted to an apartment fire. Firefighters from the Morningside Fire/EMS Station were the first to arrive at 6388 Maxwell Drive in Suitland and encountered a 3-story garden style apartment building with fire showing from the second floor. The fire extended through the top floor and eventually through the roof of the original apartment building and then extended into an adjacent building. A Second and Third Alarms were sounded bringing about 80 firefighters and paramedics to the scene. One firefighter sustained 1st and 2nd Degree burns and has been transported to the Burn Unit at the Washington Hospital Center. The 27 year-old firefighter is in good condition. There were no reported civilian injuries.

It appears that 15 apartments will be declared uninhabitable and residents will be displaced. The total number of displaced residents and where they will be relocated to is not known at this time.

The cause of the fire is under investigation and damage estimates are still being tabulated.