The Downtowner Features Ward 1 Councilman On Its Cover

October 27, 2016

Have you picked up The Downtowner this week? An article on Martin Thomas Jr. is featured prominently on the cover! Councilman Thomas has been one of Wards Corners most effective advocates. Here are some highlights:

“With an educational foundation in urban planning, strong family ties to the Hampton Roads area, years of experience as an attorney, and a civic-minded background, Martin A. Thomas Jr. has the perfect credentials for city council. Jim English, longtime president of the Wards Corner Civic League, told The Virginian Pilot during Thomas’ campaign “Thomas knows how to negotiate, how the city works and how to get things done.” Don Musacchio, president of the Willoughby Civic League, told The Virginian Pilot that Thomas “has a knack for gathering the facts, asking questions and then convincing people of the right path forward.”

“Utilizing his educational and professional experience in public and urban planning, Thomas hopes to secure funding and execute the comprehensive plan in the best way possible. According to Thomas, work is “about halfway done at the moment.” He believes the plan is essential to the growth of Ward 1 and “we must continue to work this plan, period.”

Thomas aims to make Wards Corner an economically vibrant and family oriented destination. This will be accomplished with restaurants, small businesses, and neighborhood shopping centers. “A small business growing into a large business is the best thing that can happen for any local economy.”


Storm Damage Assessment Teams Will Be Visiting Neighborhoods This Weekend

October 14, 2016

Hello,
There will be joint city, state and federal teams to visit neighborhoods throughout the weekend to conduct more detailed damage assessments. This is a critical step if federal assistance is to be considered for our region.
It is important to know there is no set threshold of damage for federal assistance, and thus it is not guaranteed. Nonetheless, all efforts are underway to capture and communicate the costs and impacts of the storm to state and federal officials.
Lastly, if you are aware of any unmet needs, please contact our dedicated hotline at 757-793-1837. At the same time, volunteers are needed! So if you are willing to assist individuals who need a helping hand cleaning up from the storm, please call 757-284-9183. Our great friends and partners at Operation Blessing are coordinating these efforts.
As always, please continue to visit Norfolk.gov or call the Norfolk Call Center at 757-664-6510 for storm-related information.

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FEMA Is Updating Its Flood Maps

October 14, 2016

FEMA is updating their flood maps and the changes will impact many properties in Norfolk. If it affects your property you should have received the attached postcard. Find out if you are in a flood zone on the new maps here: http://www.norfolk.gov/firmupdate
You can also come see the maps in person on October 17, 2016 from 6-7:30pm at Crossroads Elementary School.


Power Restoration Estimate

October 9, 2016

This is the estimated time for restoration of power for Riverfront, Algonquin, Wexford Terrace, Colony Point, Virginia Gardens and parts of Meadowbrook
Customers Out:
2,012
Estimated Time of Restoration:
Tomorrow at 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Outage Cause:
Storm
Crew Status:
Dispatched
Work Request #:
31359567


Storm Update 10/09/16 1:49 p.m.

October 9, 2016

Work is underway to clear city streets of storm debris and abandoned vehicles. Citizens should contact City of Norfolk Division of Towing and Recovery 1188 Lance Road (757) 441-1062 for information on their vehicle.

Brambleton Ave and Virginia Beach Blvd. underpasses are flooded. Traffic lights are out around the city. Drivers should use caution and treat intersections without working traffic signals as a 4-way stop.

Important phone numbers:
Good afternoon all.
You will find the latest storm updates.
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

Norfolk Fire-Rescue stresses citizens using chainsaws should wear proper eye protection, use a sharp blade and be aware of surroundings. Do not cut into trees with downed lines


City Manager Declares State of Emergency; Citizens Asked to Stay Off Roads

October 9, 2016

Contact Lori Crouch

Telephone 757-664-4067

Phone 757-646-5381
Email lori.crouch@norfolk.gov

Website http://www.norfolk.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 9, 2016

City Manager Declares State of Emergency; Citizens Asked to Stay Off Roads

NORFOLK, VA – City Manager Marcus D. Jones has declared a local state of emergency. The declaration allows the City to ask for state and federal resources and seek state and federal reimbursement if the cost of the storm reaches a certain threshold.

The City has opened a shelter if residents need a safe place to ride out the storm – Norview High School – 6501 Chesapeake Blvd. Entrance is on the left side of the building.

Residents who need transportation to the shelter should call (757) 441-5610.

Residents are asked to bring personal items, medications, sleeping bags, blankets and snacks. Pets are welcome. Owners must bring pet carriers and food for their pet. Owners must remain on-site with their pet at all times.

Citizens are asked to stay off the roads unless absolutely necessary. A majority of the 9-1-1 calls are from citizens stranded in flooded vehicles. Norfolk will experience flooding during the next several high tide cycles. Storm-related debris is also clogging streets. The same floodwaters may delay firefighters response to stranded drivers. Residents are also reporting additional property damage due to the wake caused by drivers plowing through flooded streets.

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. Do not keep valuables in vehicles. Residents must move their vehicles by noon on Monday, October 10th.

Slover Library and Pretlow Library are closed Sunday.

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, go to http://www.norfolk.gov or follow us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/NorfolkVA or Twitter @NorfolkVA


City opens shelter for residents and pets

October 8, 2016

The City has opened a shelter if residents need a safe place to ride out the storm – Norview High School – 6501 Chesapeake Blvd.

Residents who need transportation to the shelter should call (757) 441-5610.

Residents are asked to bring personal items, sleeping bags, blankets and snacks. Pets are welcome. Owners must bring pet carriers and food for your pet. Owners must remain on-site with their pet at all times.

Citizens are asked to stay off the roads unless absolutely necessary. Heavy rains are flooding streets around the City. The same floodwaters may 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. Residents must move their vehicles by noon on Monday, October 10th.

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, go to http://www.norfolk.gov or follow us on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/NorfolkVA or Twitter @NorfolkVA


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