|January 27, 2016
Winter Storm Jonas is finally behind us and I am glad to announce that the horizon is bright. There is still more work to be done, but our snow-recovery efforts are moving along well.
I’d like to take a quick moment to share my gratitude. First, to my staff, who worked 24 hours a day throughout the entirety of the storm and never missed a beat in their efforts to serve the Ward. Also, to Mayor Bowser, for her consistent leadership and strength in the face of one of the most severe winter storms in D.C. history. Next, to the men and women from DPW, DDOT, DGS, the D.C. National Guard, the D.C. Snow Teams, and the Ward 4 MOCRS (Khalil Thompson and Jasmin Benab); all of whom were relentless in their dogged pursuit to rid the Ward and the District as a whole from the record-setting amount of snow. Finally, to the thousands of volunteers who spent countless hours digging out their friends, family, neighbors, and seniors.
It is said that adversity brings to light the true natures of those afflicted. Here in Ward 4, your response to this storm was telling; neighbors helping neighbors, civil and reasoned discussion on the listservs, and, more than anything, patience. I could not be more proud to represent this community and the men and women that call it home.
Many of you have reached out to my office regarding trash collection; as a result of the storm, DPW is set to resume service attempts beginning Thursday, January 28th, and to resume full regular operation by Monday, February 1st. Thank you for your patience as this program and other government services return to normal operating procedure.
As we finalize the recovery process, please keep this in mind; Ward 4 is strongest when we work together and support each other. This storm could have left us divided in its wake – instead, our bonds are stronger than ever. I will never stop working to ensure that, here in Ward 4, that always remains the case.
Brandon T. Todd
Councilmember, Ward 4