Storm Damage 2019, Glencarlyn Park

July 12, 2019
Neighborhood Center: Barcroft, Arlington Mill

On Monday July 8th a massive storm hit Arlington leaving millions of dollars of damage. The National Weather Service recorded 3.3 inches of rain in one hour.
A United States Geological Survey river gauge at Four Mile Run stream in Alexandria recorded a discharge of 8,750 cubic feet of water per second—that’s almost four million gallons of water gushing through the stream’s channel per minute. dcist
Here's the river gauge data for Four Mile Run at Alexandria, Virginia. A textbook flash flood event visualization w/ water levels rising more than 11 feet in an hour. Steve Bowen @SteveBowenWx

Below are images from Glencarlyn Park along Four Mile Run from Columbia Pike to the bridge that crosses W&OD Trail. We took Uli for a walk in the park right after the storm and at that time the water was much higher but unfortunately I did not have my camera.

Dog Park


Some of the worse damage was near to the dog park. The bridge from Four Mile Trail to the parking lot was completely distroyed. The bridge that goes directly into the dog park only had minor damages but a large tree had fallen into the dog park basically cutting it in half. Much of the asphalt was torn from the parking lot.
Storm Damage in Glencarlyn Park July 2019
Monday 5 hours after the storm: Facing the parking lot
Storm Damage in Glencarlyn Park July 2019


Storm Damage in Glencarlyn Park July 2019
Tuesday: facing Four Mile Trail
Storm Damage in Glencarlyn Park July 2019


Storm Damage in Glencarlyn Park July 2019
Tuesday: bridge that runs into dog park
Storm Damage in Glencarlyn Park July 2019


Storm Damage in Glencarlyn Park July 2019
Tuesday: dog park parking lot
Storm Damage in Glencarlyn Park July 2019


Storm Damage in Glencarlyn Park July 2019
Tuesday: dog park
Storm Damage in Glencarlyn Park July 2019
dog park


Playground and Bridge


The bridge to the playground was also distroyed. There is quite a bit of damage to the playground which has been fenced off.
Storm Damage in Glencarlyn Park July 2019
Tuesday: bridge to playground
Storm Damage in Glencarlyn Park July 2019


Storm Damage in Glencarlyn Park July 2019
Tuesday: playground
Storm Damage in Glencarlyn Park July 2019


Storm Damage in Glencarlyn Park July 2019
Storm Damage in Glencarlyn Park July 2019


Picnic Area near restrooms


There were quite a few trees down in the picnic area. The water had gauged large holes and created gullies. Luckily the new picnic shelter did not appear to be damaged. After the clean-up there were still holes and gullies.
Storm Damage in Glencarlyn Park July 2019
Monday: Picnic Shelter
Storm Damage in Glencarlyn Park July 2019
Monday: Picnic Area


Storm Damage in Glencarlyn Park July 2019
Monday: Picnic Area
Storm Damage in Glencarlyn Park July 2019
Monday: Picnic Area


Storm Damage in Glencarlyn Park July 2019
Monday: Picnic Area
Storm Damage in Glencarlyn Park July 2019
Monday: Picnic Area facing bridge to playground

Storm Damage in Glencarlyn Park July 2019
Wednesday: cleanup
Storm Damage in Glencarlyn Park July 2019


Fords


As far as I can tell there was no real damage to any of the Fords in this area. In some cases they were blocked by sand, rocks and fallen trees which were all moved by Tuesday. Most were still overflowing for a few days because rocks and debris were stuck under them, these were removed on Friday. There was damage to the asphalt . Many trees came down and most of the vegetation was swept away.

Ford closest to stairs behind Arlington Mill garages and apartment

Storm Damage in Glencarlyn Park July 2019
Monday tree is blocking path (top of photo)
Storm Damage in Glencarlyn Park July 2019
Monday rocks on Ford (top of photo)

Storm Damage in Glencarlyn Park July 2019
Tuesday tree has been cut and moved to the side of the path.
Storm Damage in Glencarlyn Park July 2019
Tuesday On the other side sand, debrie and tree has been moved (top of photo)

By Friday evening both of the above areas had patches of new asphalt but it was still wet and people were biking and walking over it. I am not sure it this was just a tempory fix because it does not look like it will last very long.

Ford on path that continues down from 9th Street

Storm Damage in Glencarlyn Park July 2019
Monday 5 hours after storm: some damage to the asphalt  but not the concrete
Storm Damage in Glencarlyn Park July 2019
Monday

Storm Damage in Glencarlyn Park July 2019
Friday: Digging out rocks and debris under Ford
Storm Damage in Glencarlyn Park July 2019
Friday next to Ford

Storm Damage in Glencarlyn Park July 2019
Friday: Uli inspecting the Ford after debris and rocks removed
Storm Damage in Glencarlyn Park July 2019
Asphalt patched on Friday (also still wet)


Ford near path leading from the end of Arlington Mill Road

There does not appear to be any damage to this Ford only the debris stuck under it and rocks, pebbles and sand moved around.  But on the shore the water moved a lot of the the earth creating large holes.
Storm Damage in Glencarlyn Park July 2019
Monday: No damage to this Ford just rocks moved and holes on shore
Storm Damage in Glencarlyn Park July 2019
Wednesday: Holes on shore


Underneath the Columbia Pike bridge


Storm Damage in Glencarlyn Park July 2019
Monday: tree trunk was moved by Tuesday
Storm Damage in Glencarlyn Park July 2019
Monday



Bridge over W&OD Trail


This bridge did not have any damage. The rails leading to the bridge on the south side were damage, a tree had fallen across them. It had already been moved by Tuesday.
Storm Damage in Glencarlyn Park July 2019
Tuesday
Storm Damage in Glencarlyn Park July 2019
Tuesday



Storm Damage in Glencarlyn Park July 2019
Tuesday
Storm Damage in Glencarlyn Park July 2019
Tuesday


Picnic Shelter on Four Mile Run Shelter


The table and trash can were missing when I was there on Monday. But the table was back by Thurday not the trash can.
Storm Damage in Glencarlyn Park July 2019
Monday table and trash can missing
Storm Damage in Glencarlyn Park July 2019
Monday not far from the shelter


Storm Damage in Glencarlyn Park July 2019
Monday not far from shelter
Storm Damage in Glencarlyn Park July 2019
Friday table back but not trash can


There was more damage than I have shown, which was mostly trees down, vegetation uprooted and benches and tables sweeped away.