Virginia Beach schools on two-hour delay as storm recovery continues

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Amid ongoing issues with flooding, road closures and power outages, Virginia Beach City Public Schools will open two hours late on Tuesday. (Photo courtesy Virginia Beach Fire Department)
Amid ongoing issues with flooding, road closures and power outages, Virginia Beach City Public Schools will open two hours late on Tuesday. (Photo courtesy Virginia Beach Fire Department)

Public schools in Virginia Beach will open two hours late on Tuesday, as the city heads into the third day of recovery from Hurricane Matthew.

An estimated 34,000 customers remained without power at 5 p.m. Monday, according to a release.

The city is still urging residents to limit water use, to postpone activities such as laundry and dishwashing and to avoid flushing the toilet after every use because heavy rain from the storm has impeded the sanitary sewer system’s ability to process excess waste water.

“The Department of Public Utilities is working around the clock to fully restore sanitary sewer service,” a release said. “The public will be notified when to return to normal water use.”

More than 60 roads remain closed or blocked from issues such as flooding, debris or abandoned cars. A list of road closures is available here.

Two teams from the Virginia National Guard helped remove debris Monday in locations around the city.

Trash and recycling will be collected on a normal schedule. The city’s landfill, 1989 Jake Sears Rd., is closed because the road caved in.

 

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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.