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Flash Flood Watch Issued for the City of Alexandria

From the City of Alexandria:

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for the Washington metropolitan region, including the City of Alexandria. The flash flood watch will remain in effect through Tuesday morning. Rainfall amounts of two to four inches are possible. The City of Alexandria is monitoring weather conditions and will respond appropriately as conditions warrant. For more information, visit www.alexandriava.gov.

City Of Alexandria Government Suffers Computer Network Glitch

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA) -- A problem with the computer network that services the City of Alexandria may make communication tricky for city staff this Monday morning.

According to the City of Alexandria website, the City government's computer network services are currently disrupted. The site says the outage affects some internal computer networking and the City government telephone system. Officials do not have an estimate on how long it may take to fix the problem.

The service disruption will make many City staff unable to answer phone calls, place phone calls, or check voicemail from their desks. City staff will return calls when service is restored.

The website says email to and from City accounts will be delayed as well. Some public websites will not be accessible or may not work correctly.

VOICE Alexandria Resolves Bland Relocation Issues

This was sent to us by Jennifer Knox of VOICE:

Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement (VOICE) will publicly recognize the successful resolution of a yearlong struggle to win a just relocation for James Bland public housing residents at the September 25 City Council meeting.

VOICE leaders pressed the Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority (ARHA) and the Alexandria City Council for fair treatment in the relocation of about 180 families during the demolition and redevelopment of their homes. VOICE specifically asked for and won reimbursement of moving expenses for transferred residents and timely notice and right to view and accept their new home. VOICE insists these residents have first right of refusal to return to the newly developed property.


Who:        40 clergy, lay and tenant leaders from VOICE

Soul & Sound: DC R&B Singer Debuts CD at 'The Carlyle'

ALEXANDRIA, VA (WUSA)-- Washington DC's Patrice Campbell celebrated the release of her debut album 'Garden of Love.'  Friends and family joined the R&B singer for a special performance at 'The Carlyle Club' in Alexandria.


History Buffs

OLD TOWN, ALEXANDRIA, (WUSA) Teach your tots about crafts and games from previous centuries. It's happening Monday morning September 20th, from 10:30 to noon at the Gadsby's Tavern Museum in Old Town Alexandria.


Reagan National Airport To Hold Emergency Exercise Saturday

WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) -- There will be many emergency vehicles at Reagan National Airport on Saturday. They are part of an emergency exercise the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority is conducting.

From approximately 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., smoke and fire may be visible from the south area of the airport.  Rescue boats and helicopters will also be in the area as part of the exercise.

MWAA says the exercise is not open to the public and will not affect airport operations.

BRAC Building To Bring 'Chaos' To I-395 Commute

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA) -- A rush hour nightmare is predicted when the new Department of Defense Building opens along I-395 in Alexandria next year.

The building, part of the BRAC realignment plan, will house 6,400 employees, but it was built no where near a Metro station.

Several studies show the influx of cars will add two hours to everybody's commute along the corridor.

"We have impending chaos here. It's the military's fault. They never should have located a building on I-395 and Seminary Road without building the proper infrastructure," said Representative Jim Moran.

Moran has a bill that restricts the Army from building more than one-thousand parking spaces there to force them to provide a bus service for their employees.

It passed the house, and is in the Senate.