Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Noise Alert Was Issued for Georgetown

The DC Emergency Management Agency emails frequent weather alerts to people who subscribe to the agency’s automated alert service. But a June 4 alert caught the attention of one Quest for Quiet reader.

A Noise Alert Advisory (isn’t “alert advisory” a bit redundant?) was issued to the communities of Georgetown, Burleith and Hillandale. It actually was related to the demolition of a building called the Tencza Terrace located on Fort Myer. It was imploded early Sunday morning by a company contracted with the U.S. Army.

The reader couldn’t help but wonder if Georgetown was so sensitive to loud noises that perhaps a Noise Alert Advisory would be issued for the June 11 Citywide Amplified Free Speech Day.

In the meantime, here’s the noise alert advisory text:
From: Alert DC [mailto:alert823@alert.ema.dc.gov]
Sent: Friday, June 02, 2006 11:47 AM
To: Alert DC Users
Subject: Noise Alert Advisory for June 4

This alert sent to the communities of Georgetown, Burleith and Hillandale

This alert received from Arlington Emergency Management and MPD2D Police.

On Sunday, June 4, 2006 at approximately 6:30 AM, a demolition company contracted by the US Army will be imploding Tencza Terrace, the high rise base housing complex located on Fort Myer. The complex is located just inside the Fort Myer gate at South 2nd Street. The event will be monitored by the Office of Emergency Management.

The Police Department will be assisting the military with road closures in the area just outside the base beginning at approximately 6:00 AM.

The following roads will be closed to vehicle and pedestrian traffic:
* Hatfield Gate entrance to Fort Myer will be closed at 4:00 AM.
* The South 2nd Street Bridge will be closed to all traffic at South 2nd Street and South Courthouse Road at 6:00 AM.
* Washington Boulevard eastbound at South Walter Reed Drive will be closed at approximately 6:20 AM.
* Washington Boulevard westbound after the on ramp from Columbia Pike will be closed at approximately 6:20 AM.
* Exit 8A on Route 395 to Washington Boulevard will be closed at approximately 6:20 AM.

All roads will reopen once the "ALL CLEAR" is given by the military and the contractor. This should be no later than 6:40 AM. Due to this event, there will be sirens sounding after 6:15 AM and a loud explosion at approximately 6:30 AM.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, I'm all in favor of the Citywide Amplified Free Speech Day, but I don't think there's anything weird about this advisory. I work right next to the new Discovery Building in downtown Silver Spring, and EVERY building in the area got a notice when they would be detonating dynamite when working on the foundation, otherwise lots of people would have freaked out. I know I did when there was one teeth-rattling boom off-schedule; turns out someone drove completely through a cinderblock wall 5 stories directly below my office.

Good luck with the Free Speech Day, and with the city.

-A supporter in MD

12:49 PM  

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