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Winter weather is here for the Manassas, Va. area and the City of Manassas Utilities and Public Works Department is well armed with salt, sand and trucks. The City of Manassas Utilities and Public Works Department annually budgets approximately $225,000 for snow treatment and removal, and is prepared with 21 snow-removal trucks, 20 contract equipment, 1500 tons of road salt and 500 tons of sand. For details, go to www.manassascity.org or call 703-257-8219.

“We all remember the long winter last year, so we’ve prepared to clear and pre-treat our roads to allow for safer and easier access to roads,” said Mike Moon, director of public works and utilities for the City of Manassas.

Power Companies Gearing Up for Thursday Storms

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA9) -- Myra Oppel was sitting in her office at Pepco's Headquarters when the Derecho of 2012 hit. 

She watched as the power company's outages jumped from a few thousand to almost half a million. By the time it was all over, more than two-million people in Virginia, Maryland, and the District were in the dark, and it would take nearly two weeks before all the power was restored.

Almost a year later, Oppel met with WUSA9 to discuss what Pepco's doing to prepare for this latest round of storms. 

City Of Manassas Gears Up for Cold Weather With Tree Trimming; Shares Energy-saving Tips

City Of Manassas Gears Up for Cold Weather With Tree Trimming; Shares Energy-saving Tips

The City of Manassas Department of Public Works and Utilities serves more than 15,000 customers and with the cold season coming, it’s just as important for Manassas to prepare for the cooler temperatures as it is for the home owner. Manassas City’s ongoing tree-trimming program helps to prevent most electric interruptions during storms, which costs $60,000 annually. With cooler nights already forcing many to turn their heat on, City of Manassas suggests these eight tips in helping to conserve this year’s heating bill. For more information and tips, go to www.manassascity.org.

 “Preparing your home before the winter months is essential in helping to conserve energy and save on heating bills,” said Mike Moon, City of Manassas, director of utilities and public works.

Here are some steps to help save on heating bills:

Avoiding the Derecho's Autumn Harvest

On June 29th, like so many in the path of the Derecho, my power went out around 10PM. For roughly two days. Almost immediately I felt an itchiness arising from my carpet. By Sunday, since my apartment faces West and catches the afternoon Sun, I sought shelter in a hotel, as the temperature in my unit was fast approaching 90 degrees. I'm originally from upstate New York. Growing up, Summer was six weeks. I don't do heat, let alone this!

When I swung by my abode Monday morning, I had power, so I checked out of my temporary digs. The A/C was on; the apartment was cooling; but the scratchiness remained.

Mild Winter Could Bring A "Buggy" Spring

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (WUSA) -- All kinds of bugs...  good and bad bugs like mosquitoes, which means we have to worry about West Nile Virus, ants and even fleas on our pets!

"The huge increase in pest activity is making our business very good right now," said Paul Hoffmann with the Home Paramount Pest Control.

The creepy crawly critters are coming if they're not already here.
Pest control experts warn get ready for what could be a pest-filled spring and even summer!

"Your soil is still warm and everything is emerging from the soil," explained Hoffmann.

Hoffmann says ants are showing up earlier than usual, along with cockroaches. Mosquitoes, which carry the west nile virus, may not be far behind.

In fact, in his 16 years in the pest control business, Hoffmann says this past winter was his busiest ever!

City of Falls Church Flooding Aftermath

From the City of Falls Church:


While residents of the City of Falls Church begin clean-up from Thursday’s heavy rains, the National Weather Service issued a Flash Flood Watch until 5:15 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 9. There is no interruption in City services, including the Mary Riley Styles Library and the Community Center. The Sunset Cinema scheduled for Friday is cancelled; it will not be rescheduled. All other events on Friday and Saturday will take place as scheduled.

Many residents have reported flooded basements in the City.  In addition, the City offers tips and advice for dealing with flooded basements:

Tips on Handling Water in Your Basement

If there is standing water in your basement, do not walk through it, due the risk of electrical shock.