Preps underway in Hampton Roads for possible effects from Matthew

The Virginia Emergency Support Team and local emergency managers gather at a meeting to discuss Hurricane Matthew on Oct. 7, 2016. (Photo: @SternJD/Twitter)
The Virginia Emergency Support Team and local emergency managers gather at a meeting to discuss Hurricane Matthew on Oct. 7, 2016. (Photo: @SternJD/Twitter)

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) — City officials throughout Hampton Roads say they are preparing for the possible impact of Hurricane Matthew.

The peninsula could see between three and five inches of rain, while the southside is expected to get between four and seven inches of rain. Tidal flooding is expected throughout Hampton Roads on Sunday.

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In Norfolk, additional city crews are working over the weekend to check on storm water pumps, clean storm drains and provide emergency aid for residents.

The York Street Parking Garage, located at 215 W. York Street opened at 5:00 p.m. Friday for free parking on higher ground. The garage will close Monday at 12:00 p.m.

Neighbors can also park at the following school lots:

  • Community Beach Park — 700 E. Ocean View Ave.
  • Crossroads School — 8021 Old Ocean View Road
  • Granby High School — 7101 Granby Street
  • Norview High School — 6501 Chesapeake Blvd.
  • Willard Model School — 1511 Willow Wood Drive
  • Poplar Hall School — 5523 Pebble Lane

To report downed trees, call the City of Norfolk’s non-emergency number at 757-441-5610.

The Suffolk Department of Emergency Management is monitoring Matthew. City staff will be updated on storm tracking. City officials say all Departments are ready to respond if needed.

Chesapeake’s Public Works crews have been and will continue to inspect and remove blockages from choke points. Crews will be on call this weekend to respond to any flooding. The Emergency Management Division is watching the storm.

Portsmouth city officials say they have crews out checking storm drains and ditches to try to prevent flooding.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Thursday signed a state of emergency order to provide relief help to all states that will be affected by Hurricane Matthew.

Dominion Power focusing on emergency preparations for Hurricane Matthew

Dominion Virginia Power is prepared for a possibly busy weekend.

“We are focused on making sure we can respond quickly with extra crews working through the weekend,” a news release from Dominion says. “Once we’re confident everything is taken care of at home and the storm has left our area, we may be able to send crews to help our friends and neighbors to the south.”

Dominion is a part of the Southeast Electric Exchange, which is made up of 52 members. The goal of the organization is to work as a team and share resources where they are most needed during major storm events.

“We’ve already started supporting restoration efforts by sending tree and line contractors that regularly work on our system.  We also sent some of tree experts,” Dominion said. “We have more people prepared to leave Monday if all’s clear in our region and more help is needed elsewhere.”

For power outages and downed power lines, call Dominion at 1-866-DOM-HELP. You can also report and monitor outages on Dominion’s website.