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Posted at 9:03 PM ET, 08/ 5/2010

Alexandria declares emergency after storm

By Erica Johnston

The city of Alexandria has declared a local emergency after Thursday's severe thunderstorms.

The declaration provides for increased coordination with state resources, and permits the city to take necessary actions to respond to the storms, city officials said in a release.

City officials said the top priority is to clear storm debris from roads to keep streets accessible to emergency vehicles. Officials urged residents to stay in their homes and off the roads.

As part of its response, Alexandria has also opened a storm hotline: 703-746-4357. Residents are asked to use the hotline to report all downed trees in roads, and any damage to homes or businesses.

By Erica Johnston  | August 5, 2010; 9:03 PM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Traffic and Transportation, Virginia  
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