DC Shuts Down in Preparation for Hurricane Sandy

In advance of Hurricane Sandy, both the Federal and District governments closed down, as did public schools and the Metro. A steady rain greeted residents as they awoke Monday morning, but conditions are expected to be much worse by the end of the day and Tuesday.

Below are some numbers you’ll want to have handy just in case. It would also be a good idea to make sure cell phones are charged, batteries are handy and/or candles and matches are at hand.

Power outage: Pepco, (877) 737-2662
Power line down: 911
Clogged catch basin and other plumbing or sewage problems: D.C. Water, (202) 612-3400
Shelter availability: D.C. Shelter Hotline, (800) 535-7252
Street light outage: D.C. Public Works, (202) 727-1000

Click on the map below to get to the Washington Post’s Hurricane Tracker page.

On the neighborhood level, Park View has been very lucky with storms this year. Being on high ground with underground power lines, residents haven’t been plagues with flooded basements or sever power outages. Most damage has been the result of fallen tree branches and limbs. Hopefully this storm will be no worse.

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