As of 5 p.m. last night, the National Hurricane Center showed Hurricane Irene coming close enough to the District to potentially cause Tropical Storm force wind gusts of 30-60 mph, with higher gusts closer to the shore. In light of that threat, NWS Baltimore/Washington chose to issue a Tropical Storm Watch for our area. Residents concerned about flooding can pick up up to five sandbags from DPW to help protect their property. Details from DPW are below.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, August 25, 2011
CONTACT: Linda Grant
DPW TO PROVIDE SANDBAGS TO DC RESIDENTS IN ANTICIPATION OF
(Washington, DC) The DC Department of Public Works announced today that District residents, with DC identification, may pick up sandbags (up to five per household) at its New Jersey Avenue and K Street, SE site (entrance on New Jersey at I Street, SE). Distribution begins Friday, August 26, at noon and runs through midnight. Distribution resumes Saturday, August 27, at 8 am and continues through midnight. The sandbags weigh between 40 lbs. and 50 lbs. and residents will need to load them into their vehicles.
DPW will have employees and signage directing residents to the site entrance.