Operation Blessing to help shovel snow in Norfolk

Gates Avenue in Ghent, photo by WAVY/Art Kohn.

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – The City of Norfolk has partnered with Operation Blessing to help residents who need snow removal and don’t have the resources or ability to do so.

Operation Blessing will take work order requests and coordinate the effort by deploying its disaster relief team from Virginia Beach. Volunteers are needed Friday and Saturday to help remove snow from homes in Norfolk.

Residents who need help should call 757-274-8650 or come in person to fill out a work request for free volunteer help at the Operation Blessing Mobile Command Center in the Lowe’s parking lot at 1081 N. Military Hwy. Work includes shoveling snow from doorsteps/driveways and residential areas.

All homeowners have to sign a work order form and a release to allow volunteer teams to access your property. Work cannot be completed unless the form is signed by the homeowner.

Those wishing to volunteer should meet at the mobile command center at 8 a.m. Friday or Saturday and please bring shovels if you can. The local volunteer hotline is 757-374-0944.

Because rock salt is in short supply in the region due to the storm, Operation Blessing purchased 40,000 pounds of rock salt in Ocala, Fla. The salt is expected to arrive Friday morning and will be used by volunteers.

“We’re thrilled to have Operation Blessing and Lowe’s as our Team Norfolk partners,” said Jim Redick, Director Emergency Operations and Preparedness. “This is just one more example of Team Norfolk coming together to make Norfolk a more resilient community.”

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