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Old 10-29-2012, 12:10 PM
 
Location: Loudoun County, VA
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Things are still pretty calm here in Leesburg. Better go clean up all the toys from the yard. What are you guys doing with the trampolines? Weighing them down somehow? Ours is small and cant be secured to the ground.
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Old 10-29-2012, 12:17 PM
 
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I'm in Bristow and it has been raining and blowing for quite some time now. We still have power (NOVEC). We've got Comcast and it did go out last night which meant we had no land line, cable or internet but it came back on a little before 11:00 p.m. (out for almost 3 hours). We thought then this is not a good start as the storm hadn't even hit yet!
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Old 10-29-2012, 12:22 PM
 
Location: Leesburg
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The winds are gusting regularly with tropical storm force here in Leesburg. Each hour, the winds get a little stronger. By dinner time, I'm expecting sustained tropical storm force winds.

Keep an eye on the flood warnings. Goose Creek is predicted to crest tomorrow at 2pm. The creek is at 2.5 ft now. Flood stage is 12 feet. The crest is estimated at 18.5 feet with Route 15 closed. The worst of the storm will be long gone before the worst of the flooding hits.
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Old 10-29-2012, 12:27 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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Things are still pretty calm here in Leesburg. Better go clean up all the toys from the yard. What are you guys doing with the trampolines? Weighing them down somehow? Ours is small and cant be secured to the ground.
Is there anyway you and turn it upside down? at least the would wouldn't catch up underneath it.
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Old 10-29-2012, 01:02 PM
 
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Winds are picking up. Just off W.Ox & my home rig has indicated just over 50 MPH. Ouch.
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Old 10-29-2012, 01:14 PM
 
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Thats true. Ground water rise is a much slower process than surface runoff flooding. Like you said it takes long periods (weeks) of consistent rain to cause major rises in the saturation layer. Unfortunately this means more surface runoff will occur which causes serious problems to waterways and to those living along them.

Still, I really really dont think this is gonna be a big issue for most people in NOVA except those areas that perennial have trouble. For us engineers though, this will be a good chance to test our designs for flood plains and storm water management facilities. I might have to do a drive to see how some of my old favorites from the 2000s are holding up. Anyone living in a subdivision which I designed, you're welcome in advance for my sound engineering which will not cause any downstream erosion or damage to your properties :P
Ty, you would be a very handy friend to have around the house. Any chance you'll be moving to Arlington?

I agree with everyone that we are a bit lucky that the year has been fairly dry so the ground can absorb a bit more water than at other times.

We also have a sloping lot with a half buried, half walkout basement. When the groundwater table was low, we had no problems for several years, without a sump pump. However, when it returned to normal and we got our neighbor's runoff as well as some from the higher part of our lot, our luck ran out, so we had a sump pump system installed (then extended the next year because water then came in through a side wall near the walkout level, which we did not expect). The sump pump has worked beautifully, knock on wood, and we have a battery backup, but still have to keep fingers crossed that if we lose power, the battery will last longer than the rain runoff does. I hope those of you with a similar set up and no sump pump will luck out again, but if not, once things dry out, installing a sump pump will solve your problem.
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Old 10-29-2012, 01:27 PM
 
Location: Everywhere and Nowhere
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Ty, you would be a very handy friend to have around the house. Any chance you'll be moving to Arlington?

I agree with everyone that we are a bit lucky that the year has been fairly dry so the ground can absorb a bit more water than at other times.

We also have a sloping lot with a half buried, half walkout basement. When the groundwater table was low, we had no problems for several years, without a sump pump. However, when it returned to normal and we got our neighbor's runoff as well as some from the higher part of our lot, our luck ran out, so we had a sump pump system installed (then extended the next year because water then came in through a side wall near the walkout level, which we did not expect). The sump pump has worked beautifully, knock on wood, and we have a battery backup, but still have to keep fingers crossed that if we lose power, the battery will last longer than the rain runoff does. I hope those of you with a similar set up and no sump pump will luck out again, but if not, once things dry out, installing a sump pump will solve your problem.
I find that if I keep the gutters and downspouts clean my sump pumps don't even come on.
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Old 10-29-2012, 01:31 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, NC, formerly DC and Phila
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Not NoVa, but Chincoteague Island Officials say the entire 37-square-mile island is underwater. :-(
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Old 10-29-2012, 01:32 PM
 
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Not NoVa, but Chincoteague Island Officials say the entire 37-square-mile island is underwater. :-(
Whoa, .
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Old 10-29-2012, 01:47 PM
 
Location: Everywhere and Nowhere
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Not NoVa, but Chincoteague Island Officials say the entire 37-square-mile island is underwater. :-(
Good thing ponies can swim. Although I believe Misty's mother died in a hurricane and Stormy was born during one.
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