VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Life in Hampton Roads is slowing getting back to normal with most main roads clear of snow, partially because of the sun. Some residential streets, however, are still covered in slush.
From the sidewalks of the Virginia Beach Seventh Day Adventist Church to a front porch, Friday was spend clearing off snow, ice and water, and then thawing out. 10 On Your Side was there as church members prepared for Saturday’s services.
“God’s work is never done, so in order to preach to his flock, we gotta clean the sidewalks and be able to let people in,” Dave Herbert said.
“I’ve been sliding a little bit, but it’s not too bad,” Amber Swenson said.
Elementary school teacher Barbara Hartin said, “It’s been a crazy winter. We’re certainly getting our share of snow.” She said heavy snow made a tree in her yard fall on her car, so she got it cut down.
Alex Domino and the Tarzan Tree Service team have been busy dealing with Hartin’s tree and other storm damage trees in the area. They’ve even helped with the plowing effort.
“A lot of parking lots, hospitals, grocery markets, apartment complexes things of that nature; just giving people a fighting chance to get out in their car and get on the road somehow,” Domino said.
Drew Lankford with the Virginia Beach Public Works Department said there were a dozen trucks on the roads Friday putting down the sand/salt mixture. He said the city only has a total of 30 trucks, but it would take 350 of them to clear all of the main and secondary roads along with the neighborhoods.
Lankford said the city has only used plows to clear roads in neighborhoods once before — in the 1980s when the governor sent in the National Guard to help with a storm.