Virginia Beach resumes normal operations following Dorian

Flooding on Sandbridge Road in Virginia Beach (Southside Daily)
Flooding on Sandbridge Road in Virginia Beach (Southside Daily)

VIRGINIA BEACH – Officials here late Friday afternoon announced the mandatory evacuation order previously placed on the Sandbridge section of the city, and the voluntary evacuation of Zone A and other low-lying areas of the city, is lifted.

Residents and visitors are urged to use care as they return to those areas.

“While roadways may appear clear, caution should be used while driving or walking, avoiding any road debris, displaced sand and standing bodies of water,” officials wrote in a news release. “Drivers who approach an intersection with an inoperable traffic light are reminded to proceed as if it were a four-way stop, using right-of-way rules of the road.”

As of 5:20 p.m. Friday, Dominion Energy reported approximately 24,000 Virginia Beach residents remain without service.

Updates regarding city operational status and services are as follows:

  • City operational status: The city will resume normal operating status as of 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 7.
  • Shelters: The shelters at Kellam High School and Brickell Academy closed at 5 p.m. Friday.
  • Parking reminder: Cars parked overnight at Town Center and Resort Area garages must be moved by noon on Saturday, Sept. 7.

For information regarding city services and information, contact VB311 Citizen Services seven days a week by dialing 311 or visit www.VBgov.com for online assistance.

RELATED STORY: VB officials declare mandatory evacuation for Sandbridge, tell residents to take Dorian seriously

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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.