Morning Notes

A barred owl at the Walker Nature Center in Reston (photo by Pete Huffer)

Saturday Storm Causes Power, Trees — “Wind damage — mainly downed trees — occurred all over the region, including northern Virginia, the District and Maryland. Some trees fell onto homes and cars. In many instances, roads were blocked. But the winds also toppled portable toilets and street signs and tore shingles off roofs.” [The Washington Post]

Police Launch Final Week of Road Safety Campaign — “We start our fourth and final wave of the successful ‘Road Shark’ campaign on Monday, July 31 through Sunday, August 6. During this high-visibility and coordinated enforcement, FCPD continues to deter aggressive driving, reduce crashes, and change driving behavior.” [FCPD]

Northern Virginia Evictions Exceed Pre-Pandemic Levels — “Roughly 2,500 eviction suits were filed in Arlington County between July 2022 and June 2023, about a 10% increase above pre-pandemic levels. Fairfax County, the state’s most populous, saw 7,500 filings — with filings in the first quarter of 2023 surpassing those in the first quarter of 2020 by close to 3%.” [DCist]

People Rescued After Boat Capsizes During Storm — “Great rescue by our Marine Patrol boat [Saturday]! A boat capsized in Belmont Bay today during the storms. Our officers came to the rescue, pulling five people safely from the water. Their swift action and dedication undoubtedly saved lives!” [FCPD/Facebook]

Water Main Replacement Coming Near Fairfax HS — “As part of Fairfax Water’s program to continually improve its water service, selected water mains on and around Cornell Road will be replaced in early August…After the new water mains are installed, the water supply may be interrupted for short periods to make necessary connections to the existing water system.” [City of Fairfax]

McLean Softball Players Win State Tournament — “Led by strong pitching and sound defense, the McLean Little League age 9-11 girls all-stars softball team won recent District 4 and state tournament championships with a combined 5-0 record and allowing a limited number of runs in the process.” [Gazette Leader]

Lorton Nonprofit Gets Food Pantry Donation — “Lorton Community Action Center (LCAC) announced July 27 that it received a $2,700 donation from Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Food Lion…LCAC…plans to use the grant for purchasing meat, produce and other high-demand food items for its pantry.” [On the MoVe]

It’s Monday — There is a 20% chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms throughout the day, with partly sunny skies and a high near 84°F. The night will be mostly clear, with a low of 65°F. []

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