VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – Hurricane Arthur forced the resort city of Virginia Beach to make alternate plans for its fireworks shows. The city rescheduled the Oceanfront and Mount Trashmore events from Friday to Saturday night.
Public works crews have been busy since learning of the storm’s approach. They are monitoring Arthur’s path closely so they can quickly respond if and when needed.
Crews built a berm around the stage at Grommet Island Park Thursday to protect it from ocean over wash in the event of rising tides should the storm hit. They did the same thing at a stage on 20th Street where the symphony orchestra is set to play this weekend. Other crews were dispatch to other areas of the city prone to flooding.
“All around the city we are continuing to check our storm drains, our ditches and inlets to make sure everything is functioning the way it should function. And we’ll have people working throughout the storm,” said Phil Davenport, Virginia Beach Public Works Director.
As of Thursday night, Davenport said he expects minimal flooding from this storm, but says the forecast is ever-changing, so he and other city administrators are keeping a weather eye on Arthur.
Also keeping a close eye on the storm are Virginia Beach lifeguards. Red flags are currently posted at the Oceanfront, North End and Croatan Beach. With the arrival of Hurricane Arthur, high winds and increased surf are creating a greater risk for rip currents.