Virginia Beach prepares for heavy rain from Michael

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Hurricane Michael is expected to dump heavy rains on Hampton Roads and the City of Virginia Beach is already taking precautions.

On Monday, the city activated a mobile pump in the Ashville Park neighborhood, lowering the water level enough to hold whatever rain the weakened version of Michael brings. Chief Meteorologist Don Slater says the area could get up between 3 to 6 inches from Thursday night to Friday morning. Winds could be between 50-65 mph Friday morning, with gusts even higher. 

“We’re trying to add dry storage capacity to this drainage system ahead of the storm,” explained Jason Wilson, the waterway maintenance engineer for Virginia Beach. “We’re mobilizing our mobile pumping operation to various lakes in the city, checking our culverts throughout the city and debris fences and checking known trouble spots throughout the city.”

Wilson says they’re preparing for 2-5 inches of rain. 

“But we never really know how much rain we’re going to get,” he cautioned. “So we’re taking a precautionary measure, which is to pump the system down.”

Wilson and his team say they’ve checked every lake around the city and right now the one in Ashville Park is the only one that they’re lowering at the moment. 

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