Beaches Are Closed and Extremely Dangerous

Irene #041 –2:15 p.m.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Based on storm and tidal conditions, the Department of Emergency Medical Services reminds citizens that the beaches are closed because they are extremely dangerous.


“Stay inside and sheltered until the storm subsides,” advises EMS Chief Bruce Edwards, who anticipates that public beaches will reopen with the resumption of lifeguard services in a few days.  


Until further notice, swimming and wading are prohibited as conditions are treacherous. Rescue services probably will not be available in the event of an emergency. This closure is effective for all bayfront and oceanfront beaches in the City of Virginia Beach.


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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