High Winds Create Havoc

High Winds Create Havoc

Alexandria police, fire and transportation and environmental services personnel were kept busy last Sunday responding to calls for assistance due to the high winds.

Between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., police received 14 calls for trees or large limbs down; four calls for other hazards; 28 calls for security alarms going off, nearly twice as many calls as normal; and four calls concerning traffic lights being out.

The fire department responded to 10 calls for wires being down or for arcing. In addition, 27 tree-related incidents were reported to the city arborist.

THE WINDS, estimated upward of 30-40 mph at Reagan National Airport, caused trees to topple in the city. Two cars were damaged when a large tree fell on them on Kelly Court in the city’s West End. On Wythe Street a tree fell on the roof of a house.

“It was a very busy day for the staff,” said Barbara Gordon, the city’s public information officer. “We are very glad that no one was seriously injured by falling trees or limbs.”

<1b>—Carla Branch