Virginia Beach urges residents to limit water use and stay off roads

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An estimated 13 inches of rain fell across parts of Virginia Beach Saturday and Sunday, causing widespread flooding and road closures.(Photo Courtesy City of Virginia Beach Twitter)

An estimated 13 inches of rain fell across parts of Virginia Beach, causing widespread flooding and road closures.(Photo Courtesy City of Virginia Beach Twitter)

Hurricane Matthew continued to cause disruption in Virginia Beach heading into the work week Monday.

Rain and flooding from the storm led Virginia Beach and Norfolk officials to declare local states of emergency early Sunday, calling on the Virginia National Guard for help. Both cities opened shelters and encouraged residents to stay off the roads. As of 10 p.m. Sunday, there were still more than 55,000 customers without power and 149 nonworking traffic signals in Virginia Beach, according to a release from the city.

Heavy rain from the storm also affected the city’s ability to handle excess waste water, though it said the public water remains safe to drink.

“The Department of Public Utilities is working around the clock to fully restore sanitary sewer service,” a release said.

Until then, the city urged residents to limit water use, delay doing laundry and washing dishes, and avoid flushing the toilet after every use.

Separately, police are still encouraging drivers to stay off the roads, many of which remain impassable. For a full list of road closings, go here.

“If you must drive, please heed road closure and high water signs,” a release said.

Virginia Beach City Public Schools, state courts and state offices will be closed Monday, Oct. 10 for Columbus Day.

Recreation centers will open at 9 a.m. on Monday. Due to a power outage, only three buildings in the Municipal Center will be open: the ones that house the Virginia Beach Police Department, 911 and 311, and Public Works, Information Technology, Planning and Community Development and Public Works.

For more information about shelters, closings and the city’s online damage assessment form, go here.

 

This is a developing story and it will be updated as more information becomes available.

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