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County Urges Caution for Parents, Trick-or-Treaters on Halloween

Arlington so far has collected 80 tons of debris following Hurricane Sandy. But downed trees, branches and power wires could still pose a threat.

Arlington County issued the following news release this afternoon:

County Recovery Efforts Continue -- Stay Safe for Halloween!

As you Trick-or Treat tonight, Wednesday, Oct. 31:

  • Watch out for slip and trip hazards such as wet leaves and small branches on sidewalks and driveways
  • Be on the lookout for dangling wires
  • Trick or Treaters—try and get your treats early while it is still light outside
    • If you can’t--take a flashlight and remember to look high and low for hazards such as dangling wires and trees.
  • Homeowners—welcome any trick or treaters by clearing your sidewalks of debris that might pose a threat
  • Drivers -- some signals, and some traffic signs are still down -- please be careful as you drive around the County -- look out for those little ghosts and goblins!

County crews hard at work:

  • As of last night, crews have already collected 80 tons of brush and debris
  • Help us out -- remember thatleaf bags are only to be used for leaves, not brush and other storm debris. Thank you!

Lubber Run Community Center closed Wednesday, Oct. 31

  • Programs have either been cancelled or moved to an alternative location
  • Check the County website  for more detailed program information for Wednesday, Oct. 3.

Looking for ways to help others recover from Hurricane Sandy?

VDEM (Virginia Dept. of Emergency Management) is offering a list of volunteer opportunities. Information on how to become a disaster volunteer in Virginia and initial information on volunteering in other states to assist with recovery efforts is available athttp://www.vaemergency.gov/volunteer  .

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