Incident – September Storm from Tropical Storm Julia
This Situation Report is the first report for the severe storm that is currently soaking Virginia Beach and Hampton Roads. As of 2:00 pm on Wednesday, September 21st, 2016, to report all actions taken thus far in response to 2 days of constant rainfall.
The latest information from Public Works programs is as follows:
* The drainage system is full and has limited remaining flood control capacity and is experiencing 100% stormwater runoff. It needs time to drain down.
Dam Neck Rd – Corporate Landing to London Bridge in both directions
Elbow Rd – Salem to Round Hill
Indian River Rd – West Neck to Princess Anne (county side)
Elbow Road - portion of the road from Centerville Turnpike to the Virginia Beach city line at Indian River Road
Rosemont Rd – Bow Creek to Old Forge
Princess Anne – Holland to Seaboard (only are with structural flooding noted)
Sandbridge Road has re-opened as of 2:00 p.m. today
Other Flooded Areas:
Asheville Park (can’t get past entrance)
West Neck Creek is full and overtopping banks onto roadway
Salem Rd at S. Independence
I-264 Ramps at South Independence and Witchduck
College Park area
Level Green area
Traffic Ops is making 100 additional flooding signs to supplement the 53 already used
1 dynamic message board deployed at Elson Green/Princess Anne to note Sandbridge road closure
8 dynamic message boards placed in other areas with flood warnings
Traffic Ops is assisting Storm Water in placing road closure and high water signs
Streets is responding to debris calls
Streets has 2 crews available to back up Traffic Ops on sign placement
Asset Management and Mapping:
Current flood map produced shows heaviest rain in the southern part of City
Two days totals in City range from 8-13” of rainfall thus far
High tide date indicates noon-1pm for City, depending on location
Spillway 49 at Great Neck Lake has been overtopped
Pump station on 16th Street was down at 4 am but now back online since 9 am
Stumpy Lake level is high but Rosemont Forest station is currently operating okay
All Bay outfalls have been checked and are clear
Currently clearing approx. 20 culvert blockages
3 vac truck are responding to 82 flood calls
Vac trucks cannot address many issues because system is running full
Engineering staff has checked their sites under construction including Bay Colony
Engineering staff also checked Sherwood Lakes and found no issues
Current Plan for Tonight:
706 to manage response
6 pm – Stormwater has a vac truck and 2-man additional crew coming in to work through the night
Traffic Ops has 2-man crew for signals
Vac trucks will hit the system hard again in the morning when the system has had a chance to drain down
Building Maintenance is addressing a number of minor roof leaks and nuisance water intrusion in City buildings.
We’ll be able to collect from all but a few streets today, and will return for those streets tomorrow.
Our message to residents is: “All trash and recycling collections are underway, but some delays can be expected due to the inclement weather. Please continue to leave your automated roll carts, yard debris, and bulky items at the curb and they will be serviced as soon as possible.”
Preparations are in place for rain and high water event.
Fuel sites and generators are being topped off and placed on stand-by.
City wreckers are up and ready for service, if needed.
PW/FM staff will monitor the storm as the day progress to determine what staff will be needed to support ongoing operations.
Wednesday night (9/21)
Media and Communications
Have conducted interviews will all three TV stations; updates to the Virginian-Pilot, mostly on road closings and flooded areas.