Winter Storm Preparations
Residents Reminded to Clear Abutting Sidewalks Within
48 Hours After the Snow Ends
A winter storm event is scheduled to begin this evening, Wednesday, February 10, with snowfall expected to continue intermittently through the weekend. Forecasts vary with accumulations predicted to range from 1-4 inches in the immediate DC area. Public Works personnel will report to the Village early this evening to monitor conditions and treat roadways as needed through the storm. Crews will not be pre-treating roads as the storm is expected to begin as rain that could wash away any pre-treatment.
We urge residents to avoid unnecessary travel during the storm and to expect icy conditions on walkways, sidewalks, and roads through the next few days. Residents are also reminded to clear the abutting public sidewalks of ice/snow within 48 hours of the cessation of falling snow. It is not only the law, it’s the courteous and neighborly thing to do.
We encourage residents to monitor the evolving forecasts.
Residents are asked to move vehicles off of Village roadways to provide ample space for our salt spreader trucks and to allow for the full width of the roadway to be treated. If you do not have a driveway that can accommodate your vehicles, please attempt to park as close as possible to the curb adjacent to your property. In past storms, the Village Public Works Department has observed numerous vehicles that were parked a distance from the curb, which impedes the crew’s ability to clear streets and can result in vehicle damage.
Residents are responsible for clearing all ice and accumulated snow from the sidewalk in front of or abutting their property within the first forty-eight (48) hours after the cessation of falling precipitation. Residents who occupy corner lots are responsible for the sidewalk in front of and on the side of their property. Residents abutting Connecticut Avenue and Brookville Road are not required to clear the sections of sidewalk abutting these roadways.
In the Event of a Power Outage
If power is interrupted, the Village will maintain contact with PEPCO to ensure power is restored as promptly as possible; however, power restoration may be hampered as weather conditions dictate. If you lose power, please contact PEPCO directly at (877) 737-2662, through PEPCO’s app (available where you download apps or at pepco.com/mobileapp), or by text alert (see below) and alert the Village Communications Center at (301) 654-7300. Residents should not assume that PEPCO knows you do not have power—every household that loses power should contact both PEPCO and the Village, which also allows us to monitor the scope of the outage.
NEVER touch or drive over downed utility lines. All downed utility lines are to be treated as if they are live.
To register and send an outage text alert to PEPCO: Text “ADD OUTAGE” to “48710” from a phone linked to your account to register for text alerts. Once registered, during an outage simply text “Out” to “48710” to report your outage (text messaging rates apply).
If you must travel in during the storm, please exercise extreme caution.