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City of Falls Church News & Updates

Posted on: December 21, 2022

Winter Storm Information

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Current Status

Who to Contact

  • Power Outage? Contact Dominion Energy, 866-366-4357, or report online at, or use their app. The more outages reported, the more homes they know are affected.
    • Prepare for power outages. Charge electronic items, such as mobile phones, laptops and other handheld or mobile devices — and keep them fully charged.
  • Water Issues? Contact Fairfax Water, 703-698-5613, or report online.
  • Hypothermia Risk and Shelters: If you see an unsheltered person, call the police non-emergency line, 703-241-5053 (TTY 711) and they will be assisted. If you see an individual in distress, please call 911.

Be a Good Neighbor

  • Check on Neighbors: Establish a connection now, before the storm, to check on neighbors in need. Make sure they are set to ride out a storm and keep them updated on news if they are unable to do so themselves. Help them with shoveling or offer to find them help.
  • Adopt a Fire Hydrant: Find the fire hydrant on your street and make a plan to keep it clear of snow and ice. Clear away a three-foot zone all around the hydrant for firefighters to work. Also clear a path from the hydrant to the street.

Safety Information

  • Portable Generators: If you use a portable generator, know that the exhaust contains carbon monoxide, a deadly poisonous gas you cannot see or smell. Never run a generator indoors or in partly enclosed areas such as garages. Only use outdoors and far from windows, doors, vents, crawl spaces and in an area where adequate ventilation is available and will not accumulate deadly exhaust gas. Using a fan or opening doors and windows will not provide sufficient ventilation. It is recommended that you install battery operated Carbon Monoxide alarms/detectors indoors according to manufacturer’s instructions and recommendations.
  • Pets: Bring pets indoors to keep them safe and warm. If it's too cold for you outdoors, it's too cold for them.
  • Parking: Park off-street (in driveways and designated parking lots/areas) when possible, to allow vehicles treating and plowing roads efficient access to public roads, especially Snow Emergency Routes.
  • Stay Informed: Monitor road conditions, and schedule or postpone travel when the weather could make driving unsafe. Local news is a good source of this information.

Shovel Safely and Smartly

The National Safety Council advises smart shoveling techniques. "While most people won't have a problem, shoveling snow can put some people at risk of heart attack. Sudden exertion, like moving hundreds of pounds of snow after being sedentary for several months, can put a big strain on the heart. Pushing a heavy snow blower also can cause injury. And, there's the cold factor. Cold weather can increase heart rate and blood pressure. It can make blood clot more easily and constrict arteries, which decreases blood supply. This is true even in healthy people. Individuals over the age of 40 or who are relatively inactive should be particularly careful."

How to shovel safely:

  • Wear layered clothing that provides insulation, ventilation, and resistance to water.
  • Warm up like you would before exercising. Also rest and stretch your back every five to 10 minutes.
  • Consider staying ahead of the snow and shoveling shortly after the snow begins. Clear the sidewalk and driveway after every few inches.
  • Lift with your legs while keeping your back straight. Keep your hands farther down the shovel handle, making it feel lighter.
  • Push the snow instead of lifting and throwing, if possible.
  • Drink plenty of water while shoveling.

Snow Removal Policy for Residents and Businesses

The City's snow removal policy states that residents should have snow and ice cleared from sidewalks surrounding the property 12 hours after the snow stops falling. If the snow falls at night, residents have 12 hours after sunrise to remove it. Snow / ice must not be placed on city streets. Commercial property owners must remove snow and ice from sidewalks surrounding the property 6 hours after the snow stops falling. If the snow falls at night, businesses have 6 hours after sunrise to remove it. Snow and ice must not be placed on city streets.

To make sure snow plows do not undo your sidewalk and driveway shoveling, use this technique: pile snow to the right of your driveway, as you are facing the street, on your yard. Watch this quick video on YouTube from our friends with the Missouri Department of Transportation on how to shovel so that snow plows don't undo your hard work!

Snow Emergency Routes

The City's snow emergency routes need to be open for first responders, public safety officials, and road crews at all times and thus have priority for salting, sanding and plowing. Residents and visitors are not permitted to park along these routes during a City-declared Snow Emergency. Vehicles abandoned or parked on snow emergency routes could be ticketed and towed to allow snow removal crews to clear the roads. The traffic emergency routes are as follows, and available on the City's website at

  • Annandale Road from Hillwood Avenue to Broad Street (both sides of street)
  • Broad Street from Haycock Road to Seven Corners (both sides of street)
  • Columbia Street from Maple Avenue to Tuckahoe Street (Maple Avenue to Washington St.: both sides of street; Washington Street to Tuckahoe: single side of street)
  • Great Falls Street from West Street to Washington Street (both sides of street)
  • Hillwood Avenue from Washington Street to Seven Corners (both sides of street)
  • Lincoln Avenue from West Street to Yucatan Street (both sides of street)
  • Little Falls Street from Broad Street to Great Falls Street (both sides of street)
  • Maple Avenue from Washington Street to Columbia Street (single side of street)
  • Park Avenue from West Street to Washington Street (both sides of street)
  • Roosevelt Street from Hillwood Avenue to Roosevelt Boulevard (both sides of street)
  • Washington Street from Graham Road to Westmoreland Street (both sides of street)
  • West Street from Abbott Lane to Great Falls Street (Abbott Lane to Broad Street: single side of street; Broad Street to Lincoln Avenue: both sides of street; Lincoln Avenue to Great Falls Street: single side of street)

All Snow Emergency Routes are on both sides of the street, except for the following exceptions:

  • South West Street (Abbott Lane to Broad Street; northwest side of street, affecting southbound traffic only)
  • North West Street (Lincoln Avenue to Great Falls Street; northwest side of street, affecting southbound traffic only)
  • East Columbia Street (Washington Street to Tuckahoe Street; north side of street, affecting westbound traffic only)
  • South Maple Avenue (Washington Street to Annandale Road; west side of street, affecting southbound traffic only)

Map of the City's Snow Emergency Routes

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