County Manager Mark Schwartz

Arlington County Manager Mark Schwartz speaks to County Board members on Feb. 22, 2018.

Arlington officials on July 10 got the ball rolling on efforts to receive reimbursement for some of the costs being expended to clean up from the heavy downpours that raced across the area two days before.

County Manager Mark Schwartz declared a state of emergency, backdating it to 8:30 a.m. on July 8, when significant rains began to fall, leading to flooding in some areas.

County Board members were expected to formally ratify the designation at their July 13 meeting.

“This emergency declaration is a key step in activating recovery assistance for our community,” Schwartz said in a statement. “We continue to work closely with state and regional partners, including the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, on the process of determining our community’s eligibility for disaster assistance.”

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[thumbdown][thumbdown][thumbdown][thumbdown][thumbdown]to the 5 Smart Growth Smarties on the Arlington Board of Supervisors who a month ago voted to further infill Arlington's already infilled residential neighborhoods. Another [thumbdown][thumbdown][thumbdown] to the local media who have promoted so-called Smart Growth for decades without mentioning possible consequences.

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