UPDATE: Virginia Beach lifted the mandatory evacuation for Sandbridge on Friday afternoon.
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – City and law enforcement officials were on hand for a briefing Thursday afternoon on preparations in Virginia Beach for Hurricane Dorian.
City Manager Tom Leahy announced a mandatory evacuation has been issued for the Sandbridge area of the city, effective 6 p.m. Thursday. A voluntary evacuation of residents living in Evacuation Zone A also begins at 6 p.m. To find out your evacuation zone, visit www.knowyourzoneva.org.
The city is opening three emergency shelters:
- Kellam High School, 2665 West Neck Road, will open at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5. This shelter is allowing people seeking shelter to shelter their pets as well.
- Edward E. Brickell Academy for Advanced Academics and Arts, 4639 Honeygrove Road, will open at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5. Pets are NOT allowed at this shelter (except assistance dogs).
- Virginia Beach Animal Care and Adoption Center, 341 S. Birdneck Road, can assist people who need shelter arrangements for pets.
If you plan to seek shelter at one of these locations, the city asks that you bring enough supplies to last at least three days per family member.
Additionally, the Housing Resource Center, 104 N. Witchduck Road, will offer overnight shelter beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5 for the homeless.
The City is working with the folks at the WAZE app to document and report road conditions during Dorian. Residents can report flooding or other road conditions directly on the WAZE app (available on Android and iPhone) or by calling 311.
If you need to move your car to higher ground during the storm, residents will be able to park at the city garages at 9th and 31st streets for free until Saturday at noon. Details at this link.
If the water gets too high in Sandbridge, you might need one of the kayaks that were sitting outside Bob Lindauer’s surf shop on Sandbridge road.
His memories of flooding go back to Isabel in 2003.
“The wash-over was bad, I remember there was like 2 or 3 feet of sand on the road,” Lindauer recalls. “But since the sand replenishment, it’s really saved the beach and saved us.”
Officials say high water will be a problem Friday throughout Virginia‘s largest city.
“Our high tide is expected to be between 2 and 3 p.m., and that will be at the height of the strongest winds and heaviest rains and storm surge.”
Sutton says she’s expecting 6 to 8 inches of rain with as much as a foot possible.
Chief Dave Hutcheson says the fire department has everything it needs in case people need to be rescued.
“We’ve got marine teams, rigid inflatable boats, hard sides with EMS and police. We’ve got multiple units that can go in, including high water vehicles, so we’re pretty well prepared.”
Andrew Roper, 46, of Sandbridge said it is smart to have those who haven’t experienced evacuate.
“Oh yeah absolutely, if you are not a costal resident and you haven’t weathered one of these storms, it will probably be best to cut your vacation short and get out while you still can,” Roper said.
As President of the Sandbridge Beach Civic League, he isn’t leaving.
“Oh my gosh, I have been here for 20 years so for almost every single one of them…I think we only got out of the area for one storm,” Roper said. “I pull in everything in my yard, I got my boat out of the water and I don’t expect we are going to get a direct hit so I didn’t board up my windows yet….
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