Sunday, August 28, 2011

Update to Road Closures, Traffic Light Outages, Pepco, Metro and Yard Debris - Community Advisory

Road Closures

As of the writing of this e-mail, the following roads remain closed:

Sycamore at Columbia- Tree Down
Elm at Allegheny- Tree Down
Takoma at Philadelphia- Low Wires
Hickory at Columbia- Tree Down
8410 Flower- Tree Down
8600 Flower- Tree Down
Sligo Creek still closed
Flower at Cherry- Tree Down
Geneva at Hilltop- Tree Down
Central and Garland- Tree Down/Wires Down
Woodland at Ethan Allen- Tree Down
Jackson between Boyd and Aspen- Wires Down

Traffic Light Outage

Most of the City of Takoma Park is still without power, which means traffic lights are also out. Please use caution while driving. Please treat intersections as four-way stops.

Please use caution while driving through the City as there is still debris on some roadways and some low-hanging wires.

PEPCO

Pepco is not giving out any estimated times of repairs at this time until they can conclude their assessment of damages. In Pepco's service area, Hurricane Irene delivered heavy rains and sustained gale force winds. Damage to the electrical infrastructure has been extensive up and down the East Coast. As of 7:30 a.m., approximately 194,000 Pepco customers were without power. This is reduced from 220,000 customers without power earlier during the storm. Approximately 65,000 residents in Montgomery County, Md., 96,000 in Prince George's County, Md. and 33,000 in the District of Columbia are without power. Currently, five Pepco substations and 131 priority feeder lines have been knocked out and 304 wires are down. A preliminary damage assessment process must be completed before a global estimated restoration time can be generated. Pepco's global estimated restoration
time, which indicates when the last Pepco customer is expected to have power restored, will be available in the next day. Pepco Encourages Safety Precautions After severe storms, Pepco urges customers to take safety precautions.

Metro

Metro expects to operate bus, rail and MetroAccess service on a regular schedule on Sunday, August 28. Metrobus service began on select routes as scheduled at 5 a.m.; the Metrorail system will open at 7 a.m. There is no scheduled track work.

Metrobus and MetroAccess customers should expect possible detours around downed wires and trees and allow additional travel time.

Metrorail ridership was down about 67 percent yesterday as compared to last Saturday. Yesterday, 128,390 customers entered the system, as compared to 345,425 on Saturday, August 20.

Metro's Operations Control Center will continue to monitor the system for any storm-related after effects.

Customers should take note of the following travel advice:

●Check wmata.com for service updates before starting your trip. Metrorail customers may also sign up for Metro alerts via email, tune to broadcast traffic reports or follow Metro on Twitter @wmata for the latest service information.
●Please report any unsafe condition to the nearest Metro employee.
●Metrobuses and MetroAccess vehicles will detour around downed trees and flooded streets, as necessary. Please allow additional travel time. Bus customers should note that NextBus results may be unreliable due to the system’s inability to reflect extreme road conditions.

Yard Waste and Debris

Yard waste collection will occur as usual on Monday for grass, leaves, branches (less than 3 feet long and 3 inches in diameter) and brush. Larger branches can be brought to the right of way and the City will arrange for collection through out the week.

Hope everyone and their families are well. Use caution and stay safe!