Houston area devastated by flooding from Harvey; Confederate statue in Fairfax vandalized

Northern Virginia’s daily dose of local and national news for Monday, Aug. 28.

The region surrounding Houston, Texas, has been hit with catastrophic flooding as a result of Hurricane Harvey, with some areas approaching 30 inches of rainfall. Rain is expected to continue through at least Tuesday. Two have died as a result of the storm, and more than 30,000 people are expected to take refuge in shelters.
(The Washington Post, The Washington Post)

A Confederate statue at the Fairfax City cemetery was vandalized with paint amid growing tensions about such monuments. In Leesburg, the Confederate monument at the Loudoun County Courthouse is protected from being relocated by Attorney General Mark Herring’s recent opinion upholding state law.
(WTOPLoudoun Times-Mirror)

President Donald Trump’s business reportedly pursued a deal to build a Trump Tower in Moscow while he was running for president, and a real estate developer said he could get Russian President Vladimir Putin to say “great things” about Trump.
(The Washington Post)

Fairfax and Prince William County public schools reopen today for the new academic year.
(The Washington Post)

Gov. Terry McAuliffe defended his recent change of opinion that Confederate monuments should be relocated on CNN.
(The Washington Post)