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Posted on: September 13, 2018

News Release - Taking the Safe Route and Planning for a Disaster

PURCELLVILLE, Va. September 13, 2018 — The Purcellville Police Department would like to share a few safety tips for the predicted weather and to help ensure our residents know how to be safe during rainy weather events in the future. Potential for flooding, power outages, and downed equipment and trees may still affect our area in the next few days. In preparation, here are a few safety tips.


  • Turn around don’t drown! Underestimating Mother Nature can be dangerous; especially the force and power of water. Each year, more deaths occur during thunderstorm related threats due to flooding than from any other hazard. Never drive around the barriers blocking a flooded road. Twelve inches of rushing water can sweep away most cars, and two feet of rushing water can carry away a truck or SUV. An adult can be knocked over by a mere six inches of fast-moving floodwater. For information about surviving floodwaters visit https://www.loudoun.gov/index.aspx?nid=754
  • Check on elderly and infirmed neighbors/relatives before, after, and if safe during the event.
  • See it report it! Report downed powerlines, trees blocking roadways, and flooded streets to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Non-Emergency number 703-777-1021 or call 911 if it is an emergency. Never approach downed powerlines, report immediately.
  • Power outages to traffic lights. When a traffic light is completely dark, treat it as a stop sign. For more information on traffic lights visit this VDOT webpage http://www.virginiadot.org/info/faq/traffic_lights.asp


 For the latest information on Road Conditions and Closures, visit the Virginia Traffic Information site at http://www.511virginia.org. You can even download their mobile application to track the most up to date information. Residents can also sign up for local weather and warnings from the Town, https://www.purcellvilleva.gov/list.aspx and the County https://www.loudoun.gov/alert