Huntington Braces For More Flooding
Streets, homes could flood Thursday in lower Huntington if the Cameron Run rises too high
Update: Thursday at 6:15 p.m.
The level of the Cameron Run is rising fast. At 6 p.m. the water level had cleared 7 ft and was quickly rising.
Update: Thursday at 5:25 p.m.
As we approach high tide, the water level at Cameron Run has actually dropped from a high of 6.8 ft at 3:15 p.m. to under 5 ft currently.
Last night the water peaked at 7.5 ft to cause minor street flooding on Fenwick Drive and Arlington Terrace, according to Steve Aitcheson, director of Fairfax County stormwater management.
The water level typically needs to rise above 10 ft for houses to flood, Aitcheson said.
Stormwater management and county officials will continue to monitor the situation both electronically and on the scene into Friday.
Original Story: Thursday at 4:45 p.m.
Lower Huntington may see its second round of street flooding Thursday evening—this time with a chance of structural flooding.
As isolated bands of rain—remnants of Hurricane Lee—make their way through the region Thursday evening, the Cameron Run in lower Huntington may spill over its banks and cause street flooding and potentially house flooding, according to Fairfax County officials.
“Any intense storm is going to cause a rapid rise in streams,” Fairfax County spokesperson Merni Fitzgerald said.
With high tide expected around 5:30 p.m., an intense band of rain Thursday night could lead to flooding on Fenwick Drive and Arlington Terrace.
Earlier this afternoon the county alerted residents through its River Watch Community Emergency Alert Networks (CEAN) that more flooding was possible.
Residents of lower Huntington are advised to move their cars to higher ground and secure valuables on lower levels of their homes.
“We always say, 'Prepare for the worst; hope for the best,'” Fitzgerald said.
New Alexandria, also prone to flooding, is advised to prepare for street flooding, but, at this point, the county doesn’t anticipate any structural flooding.
As to the probability of Huntington seeing structural flooding tonight, Fitzgerald said it “all depends on the weather track.”
Patch will update this story as more updates become available.