Virginia Beach storm recovery limps into second day

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An estimated 49,000 customers remain without power in Virginia Beach Monday, as the city continues to cope with road closures and signal outages  from Hurricane Matthew. (Photo courtesy City of Virginia Beach Twitter)
An estimated 49,000 customers remain without power in Virginia Beach Monday, as the city continues to cope with road closures and signal outages from Hurricane Matthew. (Photo courtesy City of Virginia Beach Twitter)

An estimated 49,000 customers were still without power Monday in Virginia Beach as recovery from Hurricane Matthew extended into its second day.

Most roads that had been blocked by trees are now clear, but driving conditions are still dangerous, according to a release from the city. For a list of road closures, go here.

Traffic signals remain out, but should come on throughout the day as power is restored, the city said.

A spokesperson for Virginia Beach City Public Schools did not immediately respond to a request for comment about whether schools, which are closed today for Columbus Day, will open tomorrow.

Homeowners should contact their insurance companies to report damage. Permits from the city may be necessary for structural or electrical repairs. The Permits and Inspections Office can be reached at 757-385-4211.

Residents whose cars have been towed should call VB 311 (385-3111).

To report a power outage, residents should call Dominion Power at 866-366-4357.

The Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library, 4100 Virginia Beach Blvd., is closed due to a power outage. TCC/Joint Use Library is closed Monday, as is the Wahab Law Library, which is closed for Columbus Day.

The Virginia Beach Landfill and Resource Recovery Center, 1989 Jake Sears Road, is closed due to a road cave-in.

The shelter at Cox High School closed Monday at 8:30 a.m. It served as an emergency overnight destination for storm victims, including two out-of-town visitors, 18 homeless people and a service animal.

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Joan Quigley is a former Miami Herald business reporter, a graduate of Columbia Journalism School and an attorney. Her writing has appeared in the Washington Post, TIME.com, nationalgeographic.com and Talking Points Memo. Joan Quigley is a former Miami Herald business reporter, a graduate of Columbia Journalism School and an attorney. Her writing has appeared in the Washington Post, TIME.com, nationalgeographic.com and Talking Points Memo. Her recent book, Just Another Southern Town: Mary Church Terrell and the Struggle for Racial Justice in the Nation’s Capital, was shortlisted for the 2017 Mark Lynton History Prize. Her first book, The Day the Earth Caved In: An American Mining Tragedy, won the 2005 J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award.