Contact Lori Crouch
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