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Local Emergency Declared in Virginia Beach; Shelter to Open at Cox HS at 1 p.m.; Rec Centers, Libraries and Aquarium Closed

October 9, 2016

Due to widespread flooding throughout Virginia Beach, City Manager Dave Hansen declared a local state of emergency and the Emergency Operations Center is activated. 

Latest Updates: 

National Guard: resources have been requested, including high water vehicles and debris reduction crews. 

Closings: All city parks, recreation centers, libraries and the Virginia Aquarium are closed today. Virginia 

Beach City Public Schools has cancelled the Teacher Work Day for tomorrow (Monday, Oct. 10). 

Road Conditions: Police are urging residents and visitors to stay off the roads. Many streets are flooded and some have downed trees and power lines. The city will update the list of road closures and other emergency information on www.VBgov.com, Facebook (www.facebook.com/CityofVaBeach) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/cityofvabeach). 

Shelter: an emergency shelter will open at 1 p.m. at Cox High School, 2425 Shorehaven Drive 
If you are going, bring enough supplies to last at least three days for each family member. That includes bottled water, canned or packaged food, a manual can opener and cooler, disposable plates, cups and utensils, portable flashlight and batteries, a battery-powered radio, folding chairs, change of clothing and shoes, cots, sleeping bags, blankets and pillows, quiet games, toys, books and cards, a first aid kit, medications, toiletries, glasses or contact lenses, hearing aids and dentures, ID cards, car keys, credit cards, cash special-diet foods, photocopies of important papers (i.e. insurance policies) and baby supplies (i.e. food/formula, diapers, etc.). 

The following items are prohibited inside the shelter: smoking, alcohol, drugs, other illegal substances, pets (except assistance dogs), loud radios or televisions, matches, lighters and weapons of any kind (guns, knives, chains, etc.). 

Disabled Vehicles – disabled vehicles that are impeding traffic will be towed at the owners’ expense. Vehicle tow locations can be obtained through VB 311 (385-3111. 

Without Power – contact Dominion to report power outages (866) 366-4357 

Do not operate portable generators, grills (gas or charcoal) inside your home. Treat all downed power lines as live. 

All non-emergency Police, Fire and EMS-related calls are being prioritized. Expect delays. 

The city encourages all individuals in the region to listen to NOAA Weather Radio and its local news to monitor for severe weather updates and directions provided by local officials. 

For the most up-to-date information, stay tuned to local television and radio stations and the outlets listed below: 

* www.VBgov.com 
* VBTV: Cox Cable 46, 47 & 48 and Verizon Cable 45, 46 & 47 will display emergency information, including our city operational status and facility closures. 

* Social media sites: 
Facebook - www.facebook.com/CityofVaBeach 
Twitter - www.twitter.com/CityofVaBeach Use the hashtag #VBMatthew. 

* Citizen Services: 311 (landlines within city limits) or 385-3111. It provides the city's current operating status and facility closures. Please only call 911 in an emergency. 

Stay Safe! 

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