City to Close Public Beaches to Swimming, Wading and Surfing

Irene #006 – 5:15 p.m.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Based on the projected impacts of Hurricane Irene, the Virginia Beach public beaches will be closed to swimming, wading and surfing staring at noon Saturday, Aug. 27 until the resumption of  lifeguard services on Sunday, Aug. 28.


Swimming, wading and surfing conditions are expected to be unsafe due to storm surge, large waves and rip tides. Rescue services will likely not be available in the event of an emergency. This closure is effective for all bayfront and oceanfront beaches in the city.


For the most up-to-date information regarding Hurricane Irene citizens are urged to stay tuned to local television and radio stations as well as the outlets listed below:

  • City’s VBTV Channels: Cox Cable 46, 47 & 48 and Verizon Cable 45, 46 & 47 will display emergency information including our City operational status and facilities closure notices
  • Television Channels: WTKR 3, WAVY 10 and WVEC 13
  • Local radio stations
  • Social Media Sites:
  • Citizen Services: 311 (landlines within City limits) or 385-3111; provides the City’s current operating condition status and facilities closure notices; please do not call 911 unless you have an emergency.


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