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Alexandria Public Schools 2 Hour Delay

Due to inclement weather, all Alexandria City Public Schools will have a two-hour delayed opening on Monday, January 23.

 

Flooding Fears In Huntington

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA) -- Homeowners in Huntington are still recovering from flooding earlier this month. Now they're bracing themselves for the possibility of more.

On Arlington Terrace residents have been warned to move their cars to higher ground and clean out their basements for possible flooding Friday night.

Many basements are pretty empty. A number of homeowners lost valuables, including water heaters and furnaces, when their basements filled with nearly 4-6 feet of water earlier this month.

182 homes were damaged when flood waters rose earlier this month.

Many residents expressed frustration at Fairfax County officials who told them there this is no money to build a flood wall that they say would keep their neighborhood dry.

Mosquito Onslaught Expected After Floods

FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va.  (WUSA) -- Blame Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee for that bumper crop of mosquitoes you're starting to see and feel.  This late-season breeding has increased the risk of West Nile virus.

Boy Dead Due To Va. Flooding

VIENNA, Va. (AP) -- A boy died in rising floodwater's in Fairfax County as the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee sent torrential rains streaming into northern Virginia, officials said.

Fairfax County police say 12-year-old Jack Donaldson was swept away by an overflowing creek while playing in his backyard around 6 p.m. Thursday. The creek ran behind the family's home on Marcliff Ct. Lexis Nexis.

Donaldson's body was found nearby less than two hours later.

Dan Schmidt, spokesman for Fairfax County Fire and Rescue, said creeks in the county have swollen out of their banks in the rain.

"Doing anything other than respecting the water rolling through creeks would not be prudent," he said. "People need to stay inside or go to high ground."

Police say there were numerous reports throughout the county of cars stuck in rising waters and that first responders had difficulty at times getting to the scenes quickly.

Parts Of Beltway Closed In Alexandria, Springfield

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA) -- The Capital Beltway (I-495) is closed due to high standing water in both directions between Telegraph Road and Eisenhower Ave.

Access to the eastbound Capital Beltway (Outer Loop) is also blocked at the Mixing Bowl in Springfield due to high standing water. Cars trying to get on the Outer Loop coming from I-95 or I-395 will be blocked at the Mixing Bowl and forced to reroute.

Cars already on the Outer Loop coming from Tyson's Corner will also be rerouted.

Alexandria Road Closures

According to Alexandria government officials, the following roadways in Alexandria are closed due to flooding:

• Edsall Road at Yoakum Parkway

• South Pickett Street at Van Dorn Street

• Eisenhower Avenue

Drivers should avoid Eisenhower Avenue from Van Dorn Street to Pershing Avenue due to flood waters.