Tracey Moorhead and her family were displaced for more than six months following the Aug. 5, 2010 storm.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Drew Hansen
Monday, August 8, 2011
Tracey Moorhead says a day doesn’t go by where she doesn’t recall the Aug. 5, 2010 storm that ravaged Alexandria. “Every time I pull onto my block I see all the trees missing,” the Virginia Street resident said. “I go out in my backyard and it’s full sun.” Like many, Moorhead wasn’t in Alexandria when the storm hit. She was still in her office in Washington, D.C. “I have a view straight up 7th Street over the river,” she said. “I could see the storm was right over Alexandria. … My niece called, who was staying with us, to tell me there was a tree on my house. Of course, I got home as quick as I could.” When Moorhead returned to Alexandria, she said she was amazed. In total, three trees struck her home (see the image in the attached gallery…
City's relief effort from Aug. 5, 2010 storm cost just under $500,000.
One year ago last Friday, an afternoon storm carrying unexpected force entered Alexandria. Merciless winds sent trees and power lines into homes and roadways. Some residents went without electricity for days, while others were displaced for months. It was dubbed “stormageddon,” a microburst of strong and isolated power that ravaged the neighborhoods of Beverley Hills, Del Ray, Rosemont and parts of Old Town, blocking more than 40 roadways in the city. According to Alexandria’s finance office, the relief effort cost the city approximately $480,000. Residents had to dig into their pockets as well. “We were very fortunate that nobody was hurt,” said Yon Lambert, a deputy director with the city’s Department of Transportation and Environmental …