Hurricane Matthew Update at 6:30 p.m. in Virginia Beach

Sunday, October 09, 2016

City Manager Dave Hansen did issue a Declaration of Emergency for the City of Virginia Beach, effective 12:01 a.m. this morning. There have been no declarations at the state or federal levels.

Conservation Needed for Sanitary Sewer System: The public water supply continues to be safe to drink. However, the heavy rainfall and power outages caused by Hurricane Matthew have impacted the system’s ability to handle excessive waste water flows. Residents are urged to avoid unnecessary water use. Examples of this include postponing laundry and dish washing and refraining from flushing the toilet with every use. The Department of Public Utilities is working round the clock to fully restore sanitary sewer service. The public will be notified when to return to normal water use.

Power Outages: Reports of 57,747, down from 72,000 at noon. Contact Dominion to report power outages (866) 366-4357. Do not operate portable generators, grills (gas or charcoal) inside your home. Treat all downed power lines as live.

Signalized intersections: Around 170 intersections throughout the city are without power. As soon as power is restored, crews will be dispatched to reset the timing. All intersections with non-functioning traffic lights and no posted signs or officers conducting traffic directions should be considered as 4-way stops. Vehicles must stop and evaluate safe passage and “right-of-way” opportunities.

Road Conditions: Many roads are impassable and conditions are still dangerous. Police are urging residents and visitors to stay off the roads. The city will update the list of road closures and other emergency information on www.VBgov.com, Facebook (www.facebook.com/CityofVaBeach) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/cityofvabeach).

* If you must drive, please heed road closure and high water signs.

* SLOW DOWN – the wake from vehicles driving through flooded streets is pushing water into homes and businesses

Damage Assessments: We are just beginning the assessment process, collecting the information we need to submit to the state as it compiles all reports to determine whether we have met the threshold for a Federal Declaration.

Report Damage: Renters should start by calling the landlord. If the landlord can’t or won’t help, call the city Code Enforcement Office at 385-4421 to come and inspect the property. Code Enforcement will then coordinate with the owner.

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Homeowners should first contact their insurance companies. It’s possible one can make simple repairs without contacting the city. If the house needs structural or electrical repairs, permits may be required from the city Permits & Inspections Office. 757- 385-4211.

Finally, please go to https://www.vbgov.com/stormupdate and click on the Property Damage Form tab. The information is used to report to the state and federal governments for potential individual assistance programs.

Waste Collection: Residents should plan to adhere to the standard 4’X4’X4’ piles for yard waste debris, making sure to keep the debris out of drainage ditches to prevent damming water flow. To schedule bulky item collections of flood-damaged household goods that do not fit into the collection bins, please call 757-385-4650 or complete the web form at https://www.vbgov.com/publicworks/ under Curbside Services Link and Bulky Item Collection tab.

Shelter: The emergency shelter opened at 1 p.m. at Cox High School, 2425 Shorehaven Drive. We have reports of approximately 25 people.

Emergency Shelter for Animals: If you must take advantage of the shelter at Cox High School and have a pet, the Virginia Beach Animal Care and Adoption Center will be open overnight to accept pets - 341 S. Birdneck Rd. If you can’t make it to the ACAC, bring the pet to the Cox High School Shelter and a staff member with AC Unit will be there to accept your pet and transport it to the animal shelter. Bring any medications. There is no cost to board your animal in an emergency situation. When the Cox High School shelter closes, you must pick up the animal within 24 hours.

National Guard: Two high water trucks, 3 Humvees and 2 debris removal teams are at work.

Closings and delays: Masters of Illusion scheduled for tonight (Oct. 9) at Sandler Center for the Performing Arts has been postponed to a date to be determined. Virginia Beach City Public Schools have cancelled the Teacher Work Day for tomorrow (Monday, Oct. 10). Recreation centers will open at 12:00 noon tomorrow (Monday, Oct. 10).

Disabled Vehicles: Disabled vehicles that are impeding traffic will be towed at the owners’ expense. Vehicle tow locations can be obtained through VB 311 (385-3111).

Call 911 for emergencies and use 311 to report non-emergency issues or to seek additional information.

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