It’s back to normal in Virginia Beach. Here’s an update on shelters and free parking

VIRGINIA BEACH — This city is returning to “normal operations,” after the region dodged Hurricane Florence.

“We have only one report that a tree fell, and that was in a city park,” officials wrote in a news release Friday afternoon.

Shelters

The emergency shelter operation at Kellam High School (general and medical friendly) closed at 5 p.m. Friday. For anyone who requires emergency housing due to Hurricane Florence can call 311.

The emergency pet shelter at Landstown Elementary School was closed earlier Friday and the dogs were taken to the Virginia Beach Animal Care and Adoption Center, 341 S. Birdneck Road for care. Owners have been notified of the transfer and new pick-up location.

Municipal garages

Free emergency parking in the municipal garages at 9th and 31st streets for Virginia Beach residents will end Saturday at 7 a.m. Vehicles already parked through the free-entry program may remain until noon on Monday. The free-entry program began at noon on Wednesday, Sept. 12.

Parks

Red Wing Park, Munden Point Park, Pungo Ferry Landing Park, Little Island Park (minus the Fishing Pier), and the Sandbridge Beach Facility reopened at 2 p.m. Friday. The Little Island Fishing Pier will remain closed until the winds and wind gusts subside.

Pungo-Blackwater Library

Since the mandatory evacuation of Zone A has been lifted, the Pungo-Blackwater Library will be open regular hours on Saturday.

Landfill and Resource Recovery Center

The Virginia Beach LRRC will reopen Saturday. Hours: 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. It will also open Monday to provide extra days for residents to properly dispose of yard and other debris from yards.

Normal landfill hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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Residents looking to dispose of sand from sandbags can take it to the Landfill; do not place in trash bin. The Landfill has a special section for dirt, sand and yard debris. Dump the sand out of the bags into the sand pile and keep bags for a rainy day or dispose of them. The Resource Recovery Center is taking all of their usual items including household hazardous waste. For more information please call 757-385-1980 or visit www.vbgov.com/landfill.

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John Mangalonzo (john@localvoicemedia.com) is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.