“We dodged a major bullet,” said Fairfax County Supervisor Gerry Hyland, who was at the command post and whose district includes Huntington.
With schools closed, parks sodden and extra-curricular activities cancelled, families suffering from cabin fever sought refuge wherever they could find it. In Arlington, a popular escape was JW Tumbles, a play space for young children.
“Essentially a hamster maze where they can run around and run themselves ragged,” said Sandra Alboum, who was sitting in the hallway while her children, ages 4 and 6, played inside. “I’m crawling up walls,” Alboum said. “I had to get out. They had to get out.”
Borden reported from Ocean City, Md. Lynh Bui, Ann E. Marimow, Lori Aratani, Emma Brown, Tim Craig, Aaron C. Davis, Hamil R. Harris, Ed O’Keefe, Donna St. George, Laura Vozzella, Del Quentin Wilber, William Branigin and the Associated Press contributed to this report.
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