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After “Frankenstorm” Sandy – Only A Few Trees Down In Brookland

Hello Neighbors,

I made quick round through the neighborhood this morning. Of course I wasn’t able to hit every single block, but I was surprised how little damage I saw driving through our streets. The wind gusts and heavy rain last night made me expect a much worse situation. But for the most part I only found scattered branches and clusters of wet leaves. Most of the streets are open for traffic.

But I did come across a few sites with tree damage and blocked roads. 10th Street is closed between Irving and Hamlin because of a topped off Oak tree. Pepco was already on site to start removing the tree and to repair the cut power line.

The next down tree I found on 14th Street by the Monastery. I am not sure, if this tree fell yesterday, because I haven’t driven this way for quiet a while. A shame nonetheless.

A tree came down from the back yard at 8th and Jackson Street to crush the fence and fall in front of a line of row houses on Jackson. I talked to one of the residents who lives in one of these row houses. According to her nobody got hurt. Only minor damage was caused to a parked car and a cable line came down with the tree.

It looks like Brookland made it through this horrific storm just fine. I think we can consider ourselves lucky.

UPDATE 5 pm:  The tree on 10th Street is still blocking traffic. No attempt has been made to remove it yet.

 

 

A Roundup Of Hurricane Emergency Contacts And Information

We certainly hope you don’t wind up needing this info, but if you do, here it is:

  • Emergency shelter for Ward 5 has been moved from Turkey Thicket to The North Michigan Park Recreation Center located at 1333 Emerson Street NE, 202 541 3522
  • 24 hour Power Outage Line 1-877-737-2662 (1-877-PEPCO- 62)
  • Downed wires  202-872-3432
  • Downed Trees – public space, and non emergencies like debris removal, call 311
  • Downed Trees – private property, call your homeowners insurance company before starting the removal process
  • Report clogged storm drains, or other water or sewer emergencies to DC Water before or after a storm  202-612-3400
  • Direct threats to your safety, Call 911
  • DPW Services Suspended, so no trash/recycling collection, bulk trash collection, street sweeping, transfer station services for the public, meter enforcement, RPP enforcement, and rush hour enforcement. The impoundment lot will also be closed. Official word for Tuesday is pending, but it will probably be suspended then too
  • CM McDuffie’s Constituent Services Team will be out in Ward 5 assessing damages and reporting issues. Should you need to reach someone in his office contact Jeannette Mobley 202-294-2638 cell 202-441-0200 alternative cell or Tim Clark 202-257-8318 cell 202-277-6386 alternative cell
  • Announcements from the Mayor’s Office:
    http://www.dc. gov
    http://twitter. com/mayorvincegr ay (Mayor Vincent Gray)
  • PEPCO Storm Preparation Handbook
    http://www.pepco. com/_res/ documents/ PepcoStormPrepar ationHandbook. pdf
  • DC Gov’t Text Alerts (rapid text notification and update information during a major crisis or emergency sent to a range of devices, including smartphones)
    https://textalert. ema.dc.gov/ index.php? CCheck=1
  • For up-to-date information on Hurricane Sandy, check Washington DC’s  Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency website at http://hsema.dc.gov/

Be safe out there Brookland and here’s hoping we don’t sustain much damage!

Tree Down On Lawrence St.

Yet another storm hit Washington DC and our neighborhood. A neighbor let me know about a downed tree not too far from our house. Arriving at the corner of 9th and Lawrence I found a Sycamore Tree lying across the street. It missed a car by a couple of feet. I am sure the owner will breathe a sigh of relief ……..

Large Tree Knocks Out Power To South Brookland

A good number of residences in south Brookland had their power and internet knocked out almost immediately in the strong storms that blew by the DC area on Saturday September 8th (including mine). The reasons for this particular outage became clear as I explored the neighborhood after the rain stopped.

A huge tree at the corner of 13th and Hamlin fell onto 13th street, taking out the power lines as it fell. The owners of the house on the corner are fortunate the tree did not fall in its direction. The police were on the scene and had the streets blocked off as the power lines were smoking while lying on the street and clearly were an extreme hazard.

I called Pepco a short time later to report the situation as a life-threatening emergency, and was stunned when the Pepco rep told me that nobody had called the situation in before I had. Which goes to show, don’t assume someone else has called the police or has taken care of the emergency–you have to do it yourself!

Anyway, Pepco came out a few hours later and began the work to restore everything, which took over a day. Comcast had internet service back shortly thereafter. Thanks to all the hardworking repair technicians for working through the night and getting everything back in service again!