Thursday, September 6, 2012
Residents are asked to complete a survey online or over the phone.
District residents are asked to complete a survey about recent PEPCO power outages online or over the phone. The Office of the People’s Counsel plans to use the responses in part to inform decisions about placing power lines underground. Though Georgetown was largely spared by the recently power outages surrounding the derecho, Glover Park, Foxhall and Palisades were less fortunate. According to the survey website: "The District of Columbia has recently experienced major power outages. As a result, the Office of the People’s Counsel (OPC) is conducting this survey to: 1) determine the frequency and duration of power outages affecting your neighborhood, 2) gauge the quality of Pepco’s response to your outages, 3) gather consumers’ opinions …
Friday, August 3, 2012
Several trees were damaged during the destructive derecho in late June.
After a destructive derecho swept through the metro region on June 29, the damage to several centuries-old trees in Georgetown was devastating - and the trees at Tudor Place were no exception. The historic house site has set up a fund to help offset the costs of repairing some of the damage. In an email to Patch, Suzanne Bouchard, director of gardens and grounds at Tudor Place, explained the extent of the damage: Several of our trees were impacted all over the site, 10 of which require professional work to remove hanging branches and broken limbs including one of our mature tulip poplars located on the corner of Q Street and 31st Street which lost its center crown. All of our trees can be saved except one Black locust located on the 32nd …
Friday, July 6, 2012
Last Friday's derecho wrecked havoc on the neighborhood.
The Dumbarton Oaks Park Conservancy and the National Park Service are asking for the Georgetown community to band together to help with post-derecho cleanup. Volunteers are encouraged to bring family and friends to help out on Saturday morning from 9 a.m. to noon. "Work will involve pruning and sawing fallen tree limbs, hauling tree debris to pick-up points, and raking paths," an email from the Conservancy explains. Volunteers should wear "lightweight long pants, long-sleeved shirts, and closed-toed shoes." The conservancy will supply all the tools (and water and snacks) to help get the job done. To register to volunteer, email Ann Aldrich at firstname.lastname@example.org. Plan on meeting at the top of Lovers' Lane at R Street, NW at 9 a.m. Saturday.
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Fast-action video shows path of rare weather phenomenon whose after effects enter a fourth day Tuesday.
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
If you were in DC last Friday, you've experienced the force of a "straight-line storm," or derecho, from the ground. Wonder what the brief but punishing specter looked like from above? Check out this 23-second video of the satellite view of the storm making a beeline for the Mid-Atlantic.
Monday, July 2, 2012
Sudden wind storm Friday night was one of the worst to hit the DC region, leaving thousands without power.
In the aftermath of the powerful derecho storm that hit the DC region Friday night, thousands are still without power three days later, suffering through high temperatures with no air-conditioning, watching food spoil and feeling disconnected without TV, Internet and in some cases phone service. On Monday, PEPCO reported that 40,570 District residents are still without power. DC is faring better than the suburbs; Dominion Power reported that about 160,000 in Northern Virginia were still without power. Many local residents checked into local hotels to escape the heat or found local coffee shops to charge up phones. Were you without power or are you still waiting for the lights to come back on? What do you miss most when the power goes out? …
The derecho that hit the DC region Friday left many Georgetown restaurants unscathed.
Though thousands in the suburbs are without power after Friday's severe storm, it is "business as usual" in Georgetown. When the storm rolled through the region Friday night, many guests decided to hunker down at Pizzeria Paradiso on M Street, instead of venturing into the gusting winds, said Greg Jasgur, the bar manager. "It was a nice communal atmosphere," he said, they were "fighting the elements together." Pizzeria Paradiso did lose its Internet connection, which made some in-house work difficult, but it did not impact guests, Jasgur explained. Though the Clyde's restaurant group closed two of its restaurants, one in Maryland and the other in Virginia, the Georgetown location has been busy. The power outages "actually helped us out," …
Saturday, June 30, 2012
Most Georgetown residents had power Saturday morning.
Georgetown residents were cleaning up fallen limbs and branches and reporting downed trees Saturday morning after a powerful "derecho" storm hit the area Friday night. A large tree fell across Dent Place between 33rd and 34th Streets, closing the street to traffic Saturday morning. Several cars were worse for the wear; a tree crushed a convertible near the intersection of 28th Street and O Street and a limb smashed the windshield of car on 1600 block of 34th Street. To report downed trees in public space, residents should call 311 or go online at 311.dc.gov. You will need to provide specific details about the location, according to a notice from the District Department of Transportation. To report a power outage, call Pepco at 877-PEPCO62 …
Thousands of District residents are still without power Saturday morning after powerful 'derecho' slams metro area.
Residents of the District woke up to power outages and scattered tree limbs and debris in roads after a powerful "derecho" storm hit the area Friday night. As of 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, the number out of power in the Georgetown area was in the dozens, according to PEPCO Power outage map. North of Georgetown in Glover Park, however, there are hundreds reporting power outages. Residents of the 20007 Zip Code were taking to the internet to report downed trees throughout the area. On twitter one user posted a photo of a car smashed by a tree at 28th and O Street. On "See, Click, Fix" tree and large limbs were reported at 35th and S Streets, in the alley behind Manor Place and 37th Street and on the 3500 block of Reservoir Road. The amount of …