Section of Route 1 closed in Alexandria after two electrical poles fall over

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WJLA) - Traffic in and out of Old Town Alexandria was snarled Friday afternoon after two electrical poles fell over into the roadway.

Downed poles create traffic nightmare

No injuries reported when poles fell

Alexandria Police closed Route 1 in both directions from Slater's Lane to First Street, except for one northbound lane, to deal with the downed poles. The clean-up could take as long as 10 hours, they said.

"The public is urged to use caution in the area and treat all uncontrolled intersections - [such as those with] no power or officer directing traffic - as a four-way stop," police said.

The fallen poles have caused power outages in the area. Power to the Charles Houston Recreation Center and Memorial Pool was out for a while, promoting the facilities' closure, but police said the two facilities reopened just before 3 p.m. after power was restored.

Police said the poles fell on their own sometime between noon and 1 p.m. The cause is currently being investigated.

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