Norfolk, other cities in state of emergency in Matthew's aftermath

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NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- Norfolk City Manager Marcus D. Jones declared a local state of emergency Sunday, allowing Norfolk to request state and federal resources and ask for state and federal reimbursement if costs associated with storm damages and clean-up hit a certain amount.

City staff members requested that people continue to stay off the roadways unless they absolutely need to be out.

The majority of emergency calls received Saturday into Sunday came from people who were stranded in flooded vehicles.

The city will experience flooding during the next several high tide cycles.  Storm-related debris is clogging streets.  

Floodwaters could delay firefighters' response to stranded drivers.

In addition to the York Street Parking Garage, the City has opened Freemason Street Garage, 161 West Freemason Street  and Bank Street Garage, 441 Bank Street for free, dry parking.

Vehicle owners have to move their vehicles by noon on Monday, October 10.

Important phone numbers:

To report downed trees, call Norfolk non-emergency number (757) 441-5610

For power outages and downed power lines, call Dominion Virginia Power 1-866-DOM-HELP (1-866-366-4357

For life-threatening emergencies, call 9-1-1

For storm-related updates from the city, you can visit Norfolk's Web site, Facebook page, or follow the city's Twitter account.

The release from the City of Virginia Beach regarding the local state of emergency there included the following information:

  • National Guard: Resources have been requested, including high water vehicles and debris reduction crews.
  • Closings: All city parks, recreation centers, libraries and the Virginia Aquarium are closed today. Virginia Beach City Public Schools has cancelled the Teacher Work Day for tomorrow (Monday, Oct. 10).
  • Road Conditions: Police are urging residents and visitors to stay off the roads. Many streets are flooded and some have downed trees and power lines. 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). 
  • Shelter: An emergency shelter will open at 1 p.m. at Cox High School, 2425 Shorehaven Drive
 
If you are going, bring enough supplies to last at least three days for each family member. That includes bottled water, canned or packaged food, a manual can opener and cooler, disposable plates, cups and utensils, portable flashlight and batteries, a battery-powered radio, folding chairs, change of clothing and shoes, cots, sleeping bags, blankets and pillows, quiet games, toys, books and cards, a first aid kit, medications, toiletries, glasses or contact lenses, hearing aids and dentures, ‚ÄčID cards, car keys, credit cards, cash  special-diet foods, photocopies of important papers (i.e. insurance policies) and baby supplies (i.e. food/formula, diapers, etc.).
 
The following items are prohibited inside the shelter: smoking, alcohol, drugs, other illegal substances, pets (except assistance dogs), loud radios or televisions, matches, lighters and weapons of any kind (guns, knives, chains, etc.).
 
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).
 
Without Power – Contact Dominion to report power outages at (866) 366-4357.
Without Power – Contact Dominion to report power outages at (866) 366-4357.

Do not operate portable generators, grills (gas or charcoal) inside your home. Treat all downed power lines as live.

All non-emergency Police, Fire and EMS-related calls are being prioritized. Expect delays.

 Portsmouth, in declaring its local state of emergency provided this information:

The City of Portsmouth opened a short-term emergency shelter for residents at I.C.Norcom High School, 1801 London Blvd.

If residents choose to go to the shelter, they should bring:

  • Bedding items (including pillows, blankets, sleeping bags, etc.)
  • Extra clothing, shoes, eyeglasses, etc.
  • Folding chairs or cots
  • Personal hygiene supplies
  • Flashlights and batteries
  • Quiet games, books, and favorite toys
  • Important papers
  • Prescription medications

Residents must not bring:

  • Alcohol or illegal contraband
  • Weapons
  • Pets
  • Valuables


Many Portsmouth streets are heavily flooded, with reports of downed trees and stranded/flooded vehicles.

Citizens are urged to stay out of the flood waters and to keep vehicles off of the roads.  If you must travel, do not drive into flooded areas. Flood waters can quickly damage vehicles and cause immediate life safety risks.

City Parking Garages opened on Friday afternoon for residents to relocate their vehicles from flood-prone streets and these spaces are available free of charge in the County Street and Middle Street Parking Garages and as an alternative, the Water Street Garage.

Residents are urged to continue to maintain situational awareness, monitor the news media for weather reports and announcements, exercise extreme caution, and check on neighbors, family, and friends.


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