City Working to Get Roads and Services Back ASAP

Sunday, January 08, 2017

Most City of Virginia Beach offices and facilities will open to the public at 10 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 9 and Tuesday, Jan. 10 under "modified operating conditions."  This means some non-essential services may be limited, delayed or canceled. City employees should follow their department's emergency procedures and keep in contact with their supervisors as required. The City's liberal leave policy will be in effect.

All city offices and facilities will open at 10 a.m. on Monday except:      

  • The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center, which will open to the public at 11 a.m. on Monday.
  • The Virginia Beach Animal Care and Adoption Center, which will be open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday.
  • Mount Trashmore Park will remain closed all day on Monday.
  • Early Childhood Programs at Williams Farm, Princess Anne, and Bow Creek will open at 10 a.m. when the recreation centers open and close at their normal time.​

Additional Operationals

  • Public Works Waste Management collections will resume on Tuesday, Jan. 10 on schedule since there are no Monday collections.  Due to road conditions, service may be slower than normal. Residents should leave bins out until crews can get to them.
  • In preparation for the Special Election on Tuesday, Jan. 10, the Virginia Beach Voter Registrar's Office will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 9. Absentee voting, which would have normally ended on Saturday, was extended by the governor and will take place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday.
  • Closed on Monday, Jan. 9 are:
    • Virginia Beach City Public Schools
    • The Commonwealth's Attorney's Office
    • The General District Court and Clerk's Office
    • The Circuit Court and Clerk's Office
    • The Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court and Clerk's Office​

The status of city services, facilities and emergency information can be found at:

  • www.vbgov.com/winter-storm

  • The City's VBTV Channels: Cox Cable 46, 47 & 48; Verizon Cable 45, 46 & 47; Cavalier Cable 117, 118 & 119

Public Works Crews are Clearing Virginia Beach Streets ASAP

The Virginia Beach Public Works Department, with assistance from the Virginia Department of Transportation and contractors, have been working 24/7 since early Friday afternoon, and will continue clearing ice and snow from priority streets as quickly as possible.

The City is equipped with 35 trucks, a combination of chemical spreaders and snow plows and an array of additional equipment to move snow and ice. Abrasives including sand and salt are used during freezing conditions and are first applied on bridges and culverts.

"The first priority is to make passable approximately 900 lane-miles of primary roads and an additional 300 lane-miles of priority streets that access hospitals, fire stations and police stations within 12 hours after snow stops falling," said Phil Davenport, director of Public Works. "Neighborhood streets are not cleared because parked vehicles and other safety considerations make snow removal from these streets impractical or far too costly for the couple of storms we get each year. The process goes much quicker when citizens refrain from driving and streets are free of traffic."

Operation Blessing Snow Buddies are assisting people who do not have the resources to shovel snow and need assistance. Elderly citizens, people with disabilities and their caregivers, pregnant wives of deployed active-duty military, single moms and residents needing to make it to medical appointments may call Operation Blessing at 757-274-8650.

Operation Blessing Snow Buddies volunteers are needed. Operation Blessing will provide snow shovels, tools, work coordination, lunch and an Operation Blessing t-shirt. Call 757-374-0944 to volunteer.

For detailed information, review the City's Snow Removal Plan, which includes maps that identify roadways that will be cleared and treated.  

Emergency preparedness information is available at www.VBgov.com/beprepared.

For up-to-date storm information, please visit www.vbgov.com/winter-stormfollow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/CityofVaBeach and Twitter http://twitter.com/cityofvabeach, or call VB311 Citizen Services by dialing 311 on landlines within the city limits, (757) 385-3111 by cell phone, or visit www.VBgov.com for online assistance.  ​

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