Virginia Beach Ends Mandatory Evacuation for Sandbridge, Knotts Island, And Mobile Homes and Campgrounds

Irene #048 – 8:30 a.m.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Effective at 9 a.m. today, Virginia Beach City Manager James K. Spore has rescinded the mandatory evacuation notice for:

  • People in Sandbridge;
  • People in Knotts Island;
  • People in mobile homes and campgrounds.

Effective 9 a.m. today, the City of Virginia Beach will reopen Sandbridge Road for Sandbridge property owners and residents, businesses and employees, and public service employees ONLY.  People will be expected to provide proof that they reside, own or work in Sandbridge.

Sandbridge Road is NOT yet open to the general public, as final damage assessment is still underway.  The City will be closing the Dam Neck Gate to Sandbridge at 9 a.m.

On-street parking on Sandfiddler Road will be prohibited until further notice to allow for clean-up.

The Sandbridge beach will reopen at noon today, however Little Island Park will remain closed until Monday.

Sewage service in Sandbridge should be restored by noon.

Residents returning to previously evacuated areas should be aware of the potential of downed power lines in their neighborhoods and avoid contact with them.  City public safety officials advise that extensive amounts of debris might still be in roadways and that some trees could still fall.  Residents should evaluate the structural integrity of homes and grounds, and should contact their insurance company and/or commercial service providers about clean-up or repair of private property.

Operation Blessing, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) humanitarian organization based in Virginia Beach, has set up operations for storm disaster relief from Hurricane Irene for residents of Virginia Beach. 

The city’s Public Works Department and Public Utilities Department are responsible for water/stormwater concerns, solid waste collection and yard debris pickups on all City streets and right-of-ways.  Operation Blessing will coordinate volunteers throughout the City of Virginia Beach to aid anyone needing assistance in clearing debris from their homes and property to the curb so that the City can remove the debris. 


Operation Blessing will coordinate their efforts with Public Works and Public Utilities.   For assistance from Operation Blessing, residents are asked to call:  (757) 274-8650.


To volunteer, local residents should call (757) 374-0944.  Out-of-town volunteers wishing to help must call OBI’s office of National Volunteer Management at (757) 226-3407 or via email at, and must register at least 48 hours in advance. 


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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