Area weathered the storms in style
© Prince William Times
With threats of Hurricane Joaquin making landfall in Virginia late last week and over the weekend, everyone prepared for the worse and made the best of the situation.
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency triggering cancellations of events across the county including the Joe Gibbs Youth for Tomorrow annual Country Fair.
Virginia Del. Scott Lingamfelter, who is chairman of the militia police, and public safety committees, shared emergency tips and numbers with his constituency. “I want you to be prepared,” said Lingamfelter.
As the severe weather from two major storm systems was expected to impact Virginia, crews from Dominion Power and other local utility companies prepared for possible power disruptions caused by the expected high wind.
Businesses like Battlefield Garden Center prepared for the worse and just closed shop last Friday in anticipation of the hurricane's winds and rain. The company posted a note to customers about the closure on their sign.
Battlefield High School's homecoming game and festivities were originally scheduled for Friday, Oct. 2.
The decision had to be made early in the week to revise plans.
“In spite of the weather over the past few days, we pulled it off,” said Battlefield High School Principal Amy S. Ethridge-Conti who had to make the call to move the pep rally and game to Thursday.
Even with the Prince William County Public School District canceling all activities on Friday night, the BHS Student Council set up for the tradition Saturday night dance Friday afternoon in hopes that the dance could go off as planned on Saturday.
Thanks to the hurricane's change in course, the dance was saved.
Students at James Madison University and other Virginia universities made the most of the rainy week.
“It rained hard for most of the day,” said Erin McEvoy, a freshman at James Madison University from Manassas, said, “but flooding didn’t really start until after 4 p.m.”
“Not long after that roads flooded, buses stopped running, and classes were canceled,” said McEvoy on Sept. 29.
As water levels rose, JMU students began to play in the water. Campus police eventually showed up to end the revelry, giving strikes to students who refused orders to get out of the water.