August 3, 2020

Virginia Beach Prepares for Arrival of Tropical Storm Isaias

Local Emergency Declared in Virginia Beach

​City Manager Patrick Duhaney has declared a local state of emergency in preparation for the storm.Due to expected high winds, rain and possible flooding from Tropical Storm Isaias, all City buildings and facilities will be closed Tuesday, Aug. 4. Closings & Cancellations for Tuesday, Aug. 4The Aug. 4 City Council meeting – items that were to be considered will be rescheduled for Council meetings on Aug. 18 or 25. Recreation centers and Parks & Recreation summer childcare programsLibrariesVirginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center and Boat Tours.Waste Collection Suspended on Tuesday All trash, recycling, bulky item and yard debris collections are suspended. Collections will resume on a sliding schedule: Tuesday routes will be collected Wednesday, Wednesday routes on Thursday, Thursday on Friday, and Friday routes on Saturday, Aug. 8. Updates will be provided should this collection schedule change. The Landfill and Resource Recovery Center and the West Neck Recycling Center will be closed. Sand DistributionThe City is providing sand and sandbags for residents who wish to fill sandbags in preparation of possible flooding and storm effects from Tropical Storm Isaias at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex, 2044 Landstown Centre Way. There are a limited number of shovels and containers available by the City, and residents are strongly encouraged to bring their own shovel and bags/containers. Also, remember to wear your masks. Residents will be allowed to fill bags for personal use only, no truck or bulk pick-up.Roads StatusThe City of Virginia Beach works with WAZE (app is available for Android and iPhone) to document and report the latest on road conditions/closures. Residents can also report flooding or other hazardous road conditions directly on the app or by calling 311. Stay off the roads, especially if they are flooded. If citizens must travel on roads covered in water, please drive slowly and do not speed as not to cause wakes that flood people's property.Parking Garages Open for Free for Virginia Beach ResidentsEmergency off-street parking will be available in Oceanfront and Town Center garages from 5 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 3 through 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 5. Virginia Beach citizens with proof of residence may park their vehicles for FREE only at the municipal garages at 9th and 31st streets in the Resort Area. Exit time will be Wednesday at 10 a.m. or charges will begin. Based on weather conditions, the City may extend the exit date and times. Residents will be required to show a driver's license or a recent utility bill with their name and a Virginia Beach address as proof of residency for the free emergency parking.Citizens may also park their vehicles at three Town Center garages:Maroon Garage (Dick's Sporting Goods) – 4621 Columbus StreetRed Garage (Westin Hotel) – 4535 Commerce Street Green Garage (Armada-Hoffler Tower) – 222 Central Park AveNo parking is available in the 24-hour reserved spaces, which are leased by residents. Towing will be enforced. Be advised that if the garages lose power, the lighting and elevators will be inoperable. General Parking RulesPriority given to residents under mandatory evacuation, otherwise first come, first servedNo oversized vehicles or RVsNo trailers or attachmentsVehicles parking in reserved spaces are subject to towingNo parking in the drive aisles or hashed out spacesNo blocking other vehiclesVehicles parked beyond the emergency time are subject to towingNo overnight camping or sleeping in vehiclesPets must not be left inside vehiclesPark in one space onlyIf power is out, the elevators and lights will not be operablePowerContact Dominion Energy to report power outages at 1-866-366-4357. Do not operate portable generators, grills (gas or charcoal) inside your home or garage. Treat all downed power lines as live. Get the 4-1-1For the most up-to-date information, stay tuned to local television and radio stations and the outlets listed below:Online: emergency.vbgov.comSocial Media Sites: Facebook – www.facebook.com/CityofVaBeach Twitter – www.twitter.com/CityofVaBeach Instagram – www.instagram.com/cityofvabeachVBTV: Cox Cable 46, 47 & 48 and Verizon Cable 45, 46 & 47 will display emergency information, including our city operational status and facility closures. Citizen Services: 311 is available 24 hours a day for questions and reporting non-emergency conditions. Please only call or text 911 in a life-threatening emergency.# # #

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