More than 3.8 million customers werewithout power in the Midwest andMid-Atlantic regions, according to theU.S. Department of Energy. In the DCarea alone, PEPCO indicated that morethan 443,000 customers were withoutpower from the June 29 storm.Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie andhis staff worked tirelessly through theweekend and 4th of July holiday alongwith crews from PEPCO, the District
Department of Transportation’s (DDOT)
Urban Forestry Administration (UFA),Department of Public Works (DPW), DCWater, Fire and Emergency MedicalServices Department (FEMS) and theMetropolitan Police Department (MPD).The Ward 5 team focused on keepingresidents in the loop with updates thatthe office received from partneringagencies, as well as assisting withreporting more than 1,300 tree-relatedservice requests generated from thestorm.
“Derecho as well as the preceding storm
openers for our office,”indicated McDuffie. “Ward 5 needs to be
better prepared on the ground for futurestorms and I cannot think of a better waythan partnering with not only otheragencies, but with our communityleaders and members of civic
The Councilmember and his staff aredrafting a plan that will lay the foundationfor storm responses in the future. Theplan will include resources and tipsalready available for residents. Thepurpose of the written plan is to create abetter way to disseminate informationand ensure that residents withoutInternet access, particularly seniorcitizens, are equally prepared.
FIRE AT WEBB ELEMENTARYSCHOOL
The Councilmember was saddened tolearn of the fire at Webb Elementary
School on Monday, July 9. “Although theschool has been closed since 2008,”indicated McDuffie, “I am still concerned
about the safety and health of ourresidents in Trinidad, particularly thosewho live on Holbrook Street, which isdirectly across from the damaged
The Councilmember and his staff arecontinuing to work closely with theDepartment of General Services (DGS),
the agency responsible for Webb’s
building, along with the Office of the FireMarshall and District Department of Environment to ensure the residents wholive in the area are fully aware of thestatus of the building.To keep residents informed about thestatus of Webb, CouncilmemberMcDuffie joined DGS Director BrianHanlon on Tuesday, July 24 at theTrinidad Neighborhood Associationmeeting to answer any questions andprovide an update on the future of thebuilding.
CONSTITUENT SERVICES UPDATE
From the Councilmember’s Desk
Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie, Ward 5
WELLNESS CENTER EXTENDED HOURS
D.C. seniors can enjoy extended hours this summer and year round at several of the District's senior wellnesscenters across the city. Extended hours allow more individuals the opportunity to use the state of the art facilitiesand participate in the various programming offered. Skip the gym membership and become a member of a seniorwellness center today!
Model Cities Senior Wellness Center (Ward 5)1901 Evarts Street, NEM & W, 5:30 -6:30 pm for fitness classHappy Hour every fourth Friday 5:30-8:30 pm