The Virginia Department of Transportation plans to make at least one pass through every Loudoun neighborhood by 6 a.m. tomorrow, announced Loudoun County Chairwoman Phyllis J. Randall (D-At Large) and others at a press conference this morning.
“One pass means just that,” Randall said. “One pass. It doesn’t mean the streets will be clear, it doesn’t mean that they might be passable for two cars.”
VDOT plows have been working 24/7 since snow began falling Friday. Randall said Loudoun County was in the “bullseye” of the storm and has had more snow than any other county in the region—accumulating 36 inches in 36 hours, according to Leesburg Vice Mayor Kelly Burk.
Randall also said some contractors’ equipment has been failing under the heavy workload. VDOT spokeswoman Jennifer McCord said it’s not uncommon for some equipment to break down, with operators working 12-hour shifts 24 hours a day for days at time.
“We’re really putting things to the test,” McCord said. She also said it’s not uncommon to need to conduct repairs and bring in trucks from other areas.
Loudoun County Fire-Rescue Chief W. Keith Brower Jr. assured Loudouners that 911 calls are answered in any weather—on foot if necessary—although response times are slower in areas that have not been cleared.
“We’re really relying on VDOT contractors, as well as neighbors, clearing out roadways, clearing out driveways, so we can get to you in a timely fashion,” Brower said. He also reminded residents that fire hydrants which have been cleared may have been reburied during road clearing. Residents are asked to help keep hydrants clear of snow.