Updated at 8:50 a.m. — The roads have reopened.
Earlier: Fairfax County police said that two roads in McLean are closed due to a tree blocking each one.
Police said this evening (Wednesday) that 977 Balls Hill Road and Swinks Mill Road at Gelston Circle are the two closures in the McLean District. More than a dozen roads are affected across the county after a storm earlier today.
Police said that the list will be updated.
Map via Google Maps
Runoff from construction sites reportedly caused a number of drainage issues around McLean following major flooding last Monday (July 8).
Fairfax County received several complaints last week about construction sites mentioning stormwater runoff and water and mud flooding, according to the Sites Construction Complaints Report, which shows complaints submitted in the last 30 days to Land Development Services.
“Most of the complainants who called this week seemed to think the issues were definitely caused by the heavy rains,” Hanna Kras, a Land Development Services staffer, wrote in an email obtained by Tysons Reporter.
Kras noted that inspectors’ resolutions to complaints will “give a better picture about whether or not these issues were driven by the flooding.”
“After a rain event like this, our inspectors respond to emails and phone calls about run-off and debris from construction sites that are impacting neighboring properties,” Anne Cissel, the spokeswoman for Land Development Services, told Tysons Reporter.
Cissel added that inspectors are “still catching up on filing their reports into the system.”
In a complaint last Wednesday (July 10), a woman reported that new construction in the 6500 block of Smoot Drive switched the grade from facing toward the street to facing toward her mom’s house, resulting in runoff.
Inspectors told the builder to fix a silt fence that “was breached due to Monday’s flood flush.” The inspectors were scheduled to meet with the complainant this morning.
Last Thursday (July 11), someone also complained about trash and portable toilet spill at 7006 Elizabeth Drive: “Due to recent flooding, a drainage problem has been noted. Portable toilet spill. Construction debris spill.”
In another complaint on Friday, July 12, someone reported worsening gravel and debris issues at 6500 Tucker Avenue, adding that “with the recent rain downpours, it has gotten even worse, spreading all over the roads making them hazardous in our area.”
These three complaints are still marked as “open” or “in progress” as of this afternoon.
One complaint the county closed was from last Wednesday (July 10) about a blocked drain that flooded a street and nearby yard. The inspectors found that the contractor at 1629 Wrightson Drive “had inlet protection at the storm structure… [The contractor] will remove inlet protection when expecting heavy rain.”
When asked if crews had trouble getting to the sites because of the storm damage, Cissel responded, “Kirby Road is closed and Benjamin [Street] was also impacted.”
Photo via @SteveML9022/Twitter
Another McLean road requires lengthy repairs after suffering damage from Monday’s major flash flooding.
In addition to Kirby Road’s closure due to severe storm damage, Swinks Mill Road by Scott’s Run is also closed, Jennifer McCord, a spokeswoman for the Virginia Department of Transportation, told Tysons Reporter.
“We are making plans for permanent repairs at all locations that will likely take at least several weeks,” McCord said.
The two roads are the only remaining ones closed in Fairfax County for long-term repairs, McCord said.
“Crews worked around the clock on cleanup this week, clearing debris, assessing damages and making temporary repairs to reopen roads, and continued to respond to heavy rains received yesterday evening,” McCord said.
Flood Update: All roads have reopened except Swinks Mill, Kirby & Princedale (long-term closures). Reopened roads may be a little rough, so pls use caution. Crews continue to assess damage & work on repairs. Report damage at https://t.co/12wxgee8pi or 800-FOR-ROAD. Thanks! pic.twitter.com/UBlvuum9NT
— VDOT Northern VA (@VaDOTNOVA) July 12, 2019
(Updated at 10:50 a.m.) A fallen tree briefly closed Georgetown Pike in McLean this morning.
The Fairfax County Police Department tweeted at 10:33 a.m. about the closure, which was on Georgetown Pike between Boyle Lane and Potomac River Road.
Then at 10:48 a.m., police tweeted that Georgetown Pike had reopened.
UPDATE: Georgetown Pike is now open.https://t.co/ZDlZEc1Rxl
— Fairfax County Police (@FairfaxCountyPD) July 12, 2019
Updated at 9 a.m. — The Fairfax County Park Authority said this morning (July 10) that the west parking lot at Scott’s Run and bridge at Lewinsville Park are still closed.
Around the Tysons area, work is underway to clean up and repair roads, parks and even a high school after severe flash flooding yesterday.
“Nearly 5 inches of rain fell on Fairfax County Monday morning — nearly a month’s worth of rain in just a few hours, overwhelming numerous parts of our public infrastructure,” according to Fairfax County.
McLean High School had two hallways flooded along with the athletic locker rooms and coaches’ offices, Ellen Reilly, the principal of the high school, told Tysons Reporter, adding that Fairfax County Public Schools assessed the school today (July 9) to make sure that all of the areas were safe.
“Custodial staff worked throughout the day pumping out the water from the locker rooms and the carpets will be shampooed once everything dries out,” Reilly said.
The staff received a shout out on the high school’s Twitter:
Thanks to our custodial staff for cleaning up after the flooding that occurred throughout our school yesterday. They are amazing! pic.twitter.com/CAQ4BwDPdy
— McLean Highlanders (@mcleanhigh) July 9, 2019
Kirby Road will continue to be closed in McLean for several weeks as crews work to repair extensive damage.
The Fairfax County Park Authority said this morning that several parks in the Tysons area are closed as park teams assess the damage, including the west parking lot at Scott’s Run and bridge at Lewinsville Park.
Scotts Run Nature Preserve receives much of the runoff from Tysons rains. Even the slightest bit of rain can turn the serene stream into a raging river. Always use caution. @FairfaxCountyPD @fairfaxcounty @ffxfirerescue https://t.co/m9O7cBWf5Q
— Fairfax County Parks (@fairfaxparks) July 8, 2019
Update on 7/10/19 — Both lanes of Kirby Road from Dolley Madison Blvd. to Claiborne Drive are open, but traffic barriers have been set up past that, according to information from the Fairfax County Office of Emergency Management and forwarded by Dranesville District Supervisor John Foust.
Earlier: Severe weather damage will keep Kirby Road closed in McLean to through-traffic for the foreseeable future.
The road runs from Dolley Madison Blvd near the George Washington Memorial Parkway down to Great Falls Street. But flooding at Pimmit Run from storms yesterday means that while residents in the area are able to access their homes, the route no longer connects Dolley Madison Blvd to Old Dominion Drive.
“We have no specific timeline, but it will be weeks,” Ellen Kamilakis, a spokesperson for the Virginia Department of Transportation, told Tysons Reporter. “The water tore right through the road [and] exposed the area underneath all the way.”
RT @FairfaxCountyPD: The 1300 block of Kirby Road in McLean suffered extensive damage due to today’s storm. It will be closed for significant time until the damage can be assessed and repaired. #FCPD #FairfaxCounty #TurnAroundDontDrown pic.twitter.com/VeV7ILqmDZ
— Fairfax Fire/Rescue (@ffxfirerescue) July 8, 2019
Part of the upper asphalt is visible carved away by the storm, but Kamilakis said the damage underneath is so extensive that the road would not be able to support the weight of a car. Kamilakis said the road will require complete reconstruction — and a review of whether the road needs stormwater upgrades.
Earlier today (Tuesday) traffic on the road was stopped near Dolley Madison Blvd as the crew worked to finish clearing a debris-cluttered bridge, but Kamilakis said the closure will be tightened up to just the area immediately surrounding the broken section of the road.
Kamilakis said the cleaning crews had been working overnight to clear away the debris, and the VDOT Twitter noted that the efforts were rewarded by one local man who brought water to the workers.
KINDNESS MATTERS: Crews have been working on Kirby since last PM. This nice resident brought our crews water. This def makes up for a couple residents who were (unfortunately) not so kind about us not letting them walk across a washed out road. PLEASE don’t cross our barriers! pic.twitter.com/Q1iTPDqoIQ
— VDOT Northern VA (@VaDOTNOVA) July 9, 2019
Those trying to get from northern McLean to areas near Arlington will either have to go thrown “downtown” McLean or go further east to Glebe Road.
A significant section of Kirby Road between Chesterbrook Road and 123 is closed. Drivers should avoid Kirby in this area if possible.
VDOT crews will be working to make repairs to the road overnight and emergency personnel are on-site to escort residents to their homes. #McLean
— John Foust (@johnfoustva) July 8, 2019
Updated at 9 a.m. on 7/9/19 — Updates FCPD list of road closures below. Only Kirby Road is still closed.
Updated at 5:45 p.m. — Fairfax County police said that the 1300 block of Kirby Road will be closed “for significant time” while the damage is assessed.
The 1300 block of Kirby Road in McLean suffered extensive damage due to today's storm. It will be closed for significant time until the damage can be assessed and repaired. #FCPD #FairfaxCounty #TurnAroundDontDrown pic.twitter.com/ZwzLIY0A9E
— Fairfax County Police (@FairfaxCountyPD) July 8, 2019
Updated at 5:35 p.m. — In Falls Church, S. Oak Street remains closed because the bridge’s surface was damaged by the rain and Hillwood Avenue did not have a sinkhole, but the road buckled from the rain. A temporary fix is in place for the avenue, and a permanent fix will be made this week.
Flooding has apparently closed Westmoreland Street (exit 68) by I-66 in Falls Church.
Exit 68 on Route 66 in Falls Church is closed pic.twitter.com/2W54pwJG3m
— Janice (@bellwetherevent) July 8, 2019
Updated at 4:50 p.m. — Updated FCPD list of road closures below.
Updated at 2:40 p.m. — Dranesville District Supervisor John Foust tweeted at 2:30 p.m. that a part of 1300 block of Kirby Road has been washed out and that “several agencies are on scene to find a solution to make sure residents can get to their homes.”
Updated at 2:15 p.m. — Updates FCPD list of road closures below.
Updated at 1 p.m. — The Fairfax County Police Department tweeted that Prosperity Avenue between Arlington Blvd (Route 50) and Little River Turnpike (Route 236) is buckled and could take up to seven hours for the water to recede. “Due to there being a lot of serious damage to the pavement, the road will not reopen this quickly,” FCPD tweeted.
Updated at 12:40 p.m. — A multi-vehicle accident on I-66 by N. West Street in Falls Church has closed the left shoulder and left lane heading eastbound, according to the Virginia Department of Transporation.
Updated at 11:50 a.m. — Kirby Road is reportedly closed near Route 123 as Pimmit Run swells.
— Tim Barber (@ABC7TimBarber) July 8, 2019
Kirby Road washed out in both directions at Pimmit Run Creek. Bridge across Pimmitt Run at Kirby is gone. My sister is safe- had to leave car – said road started washing away while she walked home. @nbcwashington @mclean pic.twitter.com/gsQtspaow6
— Dane Henshall (@danesh68) July 8, 2019
Flooding in McLean @ Kirby Road as Pimmit Run pours over its banks pic.twitter.com/Ta4GFHIoMp
— Peggy Fox (@PeggyTV) July 8, 2019
Updated at 11:25 a.m. — Maple Avenue is now open again, the Town of Vienna tweeted.
Earlier: Parts of Maple Avenue in the Town of Vienna and several roads around the Tysons area are closed this morning as flooding continues around Fairfax County.
The Town of Vienna tweeted shortly after 10 a.m. that Maple Avenue is closed between East Street and Beulah Road due to flooding.
Westbound Arlington Blvd (Route 50) just past Prosperity Avenue is closed due to flooding. Police told Tysons Reporter that they don’t have enough police to block the other side of the street, which also appears flooded.
Around 10:35 p.m., police said that all of the units in the county were currently deployed.
Fairfax County Police Department released a list of road closures. The ones closed due to flooding in the McLean Police District are:
1300 block of Kirby Road — damaged from flooding and will have a long-term closure
Shreve Road between Wieland Place and Buckelew Drive
Hilltop Road between Willomere and Old Lee Hwy
Meadowlark Road/Brookside Lane
Demsey Street/Old Chesterbrook Road
Old Courthouse and Besley roads
Georgetown Pike and Potomac River Road — one lane closed
6500 block of Old Dominion Drive
North Albemarle Street/Chesterbrook Road — flooding and debris
Westbound Arlington Blvd/Prosperity Avenue — one lane open
Jones Branch Road/Park Run Drive
Lewinsville Road/Lewinsville Mews Court
Beulah and Browns Mill roads
Oberon Way/Capulet Court
A fallen tree closed the 1400 block of Waggaman Circle, according to FCPD, but the road has since reopened.
People tweeted videos and photos of severe flooding along Georgetown Pike.
— jae wooten reaves (@JaeReaves) July 8, 2019
— Eddie (@WFOcom) July 8, 2019
— Tony mace (@E6mace) July 8, 2019
The City of Falls Church tweeted about several road closures and sinkholes in the city this morning.
Catherine Moran and Vernon Miles worked on this story.
(Updated at 9:15 a.m.) Fairfax County police arrested a man early this morning, ending an eight-hour-long barricade situation that closed Old Dominion Drive in McLean.
Police responded yesterday (May 28) to a home around 4:30 p.m. in the 6300 block of Old Dominion Drive after a family member reported an assault, the police department tweeted at 7:04 p.m.
“The victim was able to leave the house. 25-year-old Sean Price, of McLean, refused to come out and barricaded himself in the home,” according to a press release.
Police contained the scene while crisis negotiators and tactical officers worked to “peacefully resolve the situation,” the press release said.
Police arrested Price and charged him with assault and violation of a protective order around 12:30 a.m. today (May 29), ending the barricade that closed Old Dominion Drive between Valley Avenue and Kirby Road.
Old Dominion Dr between Valley Ave and Kirby Rd is closed. Please use an alternate route. The media staging area will be at Old Dominion Dr at Kirby Rd but please park in the lot of 6263-B Old Dominion Dr. #FCPDhttps://t.co/TvT4Y3Hwlg
— Fairfax County Police (@FairfaxCountyPD) May 28, 2019
The aftermath of the storm yesterday (Thursday) has left more than 1,300 residents around Falls Church without power and caused several road closures.
The Dominion Energy map shows two power outages currently in Falls Church as of 10:45 a.m. today (May 24) — one affecting 1,009 customers from West Street to Lincoln Avenue and another one affecting 324 customers around Shreve Road above Jefferson District Park.
Dominion expects that power will be restored later tonight for both outages between 6-11 p.m.
Several roads in Dunn Loring and Falls Church were still closed as of 8:33 a.m., according to a released list from the Fairfax County Police Department. FCPD will update the list throughout the day.
The following roads closed in FCPD’s McLean District are:
- Winder and Drexel streets
- Jefferson and Woodlawn avenues
- Elmwood and Stuart drives
- Marshall Street between Jefferson and Farragut avenues
- Woodley Place between Lee Hwy and Deborah Drive
- 2900 block of Rogers Drive
- 2900 block of Wallace Drive
- 2700 block of Greenway Blvd
Local storm reports from the National Weather Service yesterday around 7:30 p.m. reported “a tree uprooted and many large branches snapped” by the intersection of Route 50 and I-495, a large fallen tree blocking Summerfield Road and S. Washington Street and “downed wires and trees” near Jackson Avenue and Summerfield Road.
A few people took to Twitter to share a video of the thunderstorm in Tysons yesterday and spottings of downed trees and power lines.
— W2 Communications (@W2Comm) May 23, 2019
Driving from Merrifield to Tysons and seeing a ton of downed limbs and branches. Winds here were legit during yesterday’s storms
— Andrew King (@H2Omaker71) May 24, 2019
Map via Dominion Energy
A parade and fireworks are planned for a pair of Memorial Day commemorative events in the Tysons area.
On Sunday (May 26), the U.S. Marine Band will play a free concert at the Filene Center (1551 Trap Road) in Wolf Trap National Park. A fireworks display is planned to follow the concert.
Gates open at 6:30 p.m. for lawn and in-house seating, with curtains opening at 8 p.m. the fireworks are planned to start at around 9:45 p.m.
Seating capacity for the event is limited. The Fairfax Connector bus from the West Falls Church Metro station will not be available for the event. Parking is free and attendees can get $5 off two Lyft rides with the code WOLFTRAP19.
On Monday (May 27), the City of Falls Church is hosting its 38th Annual Memorial Day Festival and Parade with an expected 12,000 visitors. The festival is planned to feature food, live entertainment, artists and various vendors.
The Don Beyer Volvo 3K Fun Run is scheduled to start at 9 a.m. The parade is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.
Free public parking will be available in the Kaiser Permanente garage at the corner of N. Washington Street and Park Avenue and at the George Mason Square garage (103 W. Broad Street).
The parade and festival will also result in several street closures.
- Park Avenue will be closed from 5:30 a.m.-7 p.m. between N. Maple Avenue to N. Virginia Avenue (except for limited vendor traffic)
- Little Falls Streed will be closed from 5:30 a.m.-7 p.m. between Park Avenue to Great Falls Street
- Great Falls Street
- Pennsylvania Avenue
- Fulton Avenue
- N. Oak Street
- Lincoln Avenue
- N. West Street
- Park Avenue
Other Memorial Day events around the area include:
- The Murphy Challenge: Memorial Day Workout and Grill-Out — 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at CrossFit Tysons Corner (8452 Tyco Road) — The event is a fundraiser to support educational charities to honor the life of Lt. Michael Murphy. Three workouts will be held followed by a grilling event, with attendees asked to bring a drink or dish to share. Visitors and non-members can sign up online.
- Memorial Day Annual Pool Party — 12-2 p.m. at Sport&Health McLean (1800 Old Meadow Road) — The summer barbecue and pool event is hosted by Sport&Health McLean and will include information about aquatics programs, camps and more.
Photo via Facebook