After the Storm: Ready to Recover

Tuesday, August 04, 2020

​The City of Virginia Beach is recovering and monitoring conditions in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Isaias. As of 12:15 p.m., more than 54,000 Dominion Energy customers are without power in Virginia Beach, down from more than 74,000. Crews have been out assessing damage since dawn. There are trees and power lines down, alarm systems malfunctioning, roadways flooded, and reports of some houses and buildings damaged.

Power outages have led to multiple city infrastructure outages including: 

  • 80 pump stations 
  • 30 traffic signals 
  • Most of the buildings in the municipal center

Red flags will be flying on all beaches today because of large surf and an increased risk of rip currents. Please use great caution before entering the water and do not enter the water unless lifeguards are on duty. Croatan Road is closed; lifeguards will put up red flags there when access is restored.

Yard Debris

  • Limbs up to 4 feet long and 6 inches in diameter will be collected in a pile not to exceed 4 x 4 x 4 feet.
  • Two piles, generated from each house, will be collected on each collection day.
  • You may also dispose of smaller yard debris, such as grass and leaves (no dirt, rocks, mulch or root balls) in up to 25 clear plastic bags, not more than 25 lbs. per bag.
  • Tree removal debris is not collected at the curbside. However, it can be collected through the yard debris container program, provided each piece is no larger than 6 inches in diameter.
  • Residents can rent a yard debris container or they can utilize the Landfill and Resource Recovery Center for yard waste disposal.
  • Any work done by private contractors must be disposed of by the contractor.

Getting Around

  • Sandbridge Road is passable, but vehicles should go slow and avoid pushing water onto occupied properties. Avoid the area unless access is essential.
  • Croatan Road is blocked with a large tree and power lines down. City Landscape crews will remove the tree as soon as the power lines are addressed.
  • Pungo Ferry Road is closed due to flooding and Curtiss Drive is blocked by a downed tree.
  • Treat intersections with non-functioning traffic lights as four-way stops. To improve safety, avoid making left turns at these intersections. Proceed straight until you can safely turn around or come to a signalized intersection that has power.
  • Citizens can report problems, including flooded roadways, traffic signal outages and clogged storm drains, using the City's VB Works app.
  • Steer clear of downed trees and power lines.
  • Do not drive through flooded streets or standing water.

Power

  • Contact Dominion Energy at dominionenergy.com or 866-366-4357 to report or check power outages or to report downed power lines.
  • Do not operate portable generators, grills (gas or charcoal) inside your home or garage. Treat all downed power lines as live.

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