James City County prepared for potential Florence flooding

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JAMES CITY COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) — Schools and government entities are operating as usual this week in Williamsburg and James City County despite Hurricane Florence, but officials are preparing for potential tidal flooding in and around the James and Chickhominy rivers.

The Jamestown Settlement at Quadrennial Center was open on Thursday, however the Jamestown Island and National Park areas were closed. The area near Sandy Bay and the James River is prone to tidal flooding.

James City County Fire Chief Ryan Ashe said, “Right now our operations are all open. We do have full power for the boat slips at the marina because of the expected high tides over the next couple of days to make sure we don’t have any electrical issues. Everything else is open.”

Local resident Maggie Winn and her husband had to cut their vacation in Myrtle Beach, S.C. short to come back to Virginia after evacuation orders were issued. 

“Where we were staying in North Myrtle Beach, the hotel and all of that area was under mandatory evacuation, so we had to be out by noon on Tuesday,” Winn tells 10 On Your Side. 

Related: City services available before and after Hurricane Florence

Ashe says the county has a “citizens inquiry line” regarding government services and closures…just call (757) 564-2140

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