Avoid Puddles and Standing Water During Hurricane Irene

Irene #016 – 11:45 a.m.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Due to anticipated excessive rainfall and power outages this weekend, the Department of Public Utilities and the Hampton Roads Sanitation District may experience difficulty handling the amount of sanitary sewer flows being collected and treated. These conditions could result in sanitary sewer overflows, potentially contaminating the rainwater.  


Public Utilities asks citizens to avoid contact with outdoor puddles and standing water to avoid potential health risks.  Children should avoid playing in or wading through puddles and standing water.


The public water supply continues to be safe.  For more information, call the Virginia Beach Public Utilities Department weekday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at (757) 385-4631.


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:

  • VBgov.com
  • 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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