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Boy Dead Due To Va. Flooding

VIENNA, Va. (AP) -- A boy died in rising floodwater's in Fairfax County as the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee sent torrential rains streaming into northern Virginia, officials said.

Fairfax County police say 12-year-old Jack Donaldson was swept away by an overflowing creek while playing in his backyard around 6 p.m. Thursday. The creek ran behind the family's home on Marcliff Ct. Lexis Nexis.

Donaldson's body was found nearby less than two hours later.

Dan Schmidt, spokesman for Fairfax County Fire and Rescue, said creeks in the county have swollen out of their banks in the rain.

"Doing anything other than respecting the water rolling through creeks would not be prudent," he said. "People need to stay inside or go to high ground."

Police say there were numerous reports throughout the county of cars stuck in rising waters and that first responders had difficulty at times getting to the scenes quickly.

Fairfax County Public Schools to Close Grass Fields This Weekend

From FCPS Outreach:

All Fairfax County public schools will be open for activities on Saturday, September 10, and Sunday, September 11, except for grass athletic fields, which will be closed for use.  Artificial turf fields can be used.

All Fairfax County Public Schools Closed Friday, September 9

From FCPS Outreach:

Man Goes Tubing Down Route 29 in Fairfax

Check out this video our assignment desk picked up off of twitter last night. 

Cleanup Safety Tips from Fairfax County

From Fairfax County Emergency Information:


As the storm moves on, these tips can help keep you, your family and co-workers safe as you begin to put your home or business back in order:

Parts Of Beltway Closed In Alexandria, Springfield

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA) -- The Capital Beltway (I-495) is closed due to high standing water in both directions between Telegraph Road and Eisenhower Ave.

Access to the eastbound Capital Beltway (Outer Loop) is also blocked at the Mixing Bowl in Springfield due to high standing water. Cars trying to get on the Outer Loop coming from I-95 or I-395 will be blocked at the Mixing Bowl and forced to reroute.

Cars already on the Outer Loop coming from Tyson's Corner will also be rerouted.