Local cities declare states of emergency amid flooding


HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) — The cities of Suffolk, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Chesapeake and Virginia Beach have declared local states of emergency, allowing them to call on state and federal resources.

Heavy rains and tidal flooding from post-tropical cyclone Matthew have caused widespread flooding through the overnight hours.

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Suffolk officials says several roads are closed because of trees across roadways and standing water.

Chesapeake City Council declared a state of emergency, which went into effect Saturday at 12 p.m.

Norfolk has opened a shelter for residents who need it at Norview High School. The shelter closed at 11 a.m. Monday.

Norfolk Officials said in the Sunday news release that the Freemason Street Garage, 161 West Freemason Street and Bank Street Garage, 441 Bank Street have been opened for free, dry parking.

Virginia Beach will be opening a shelter at Cox High School at 1 p.m. It has now closed.

In Portsmouth, officials opened a temporary shelter at  I.C. Norcom High School on 1801 London Boulevard. The shelter closed at 5 p.m. Sunday.

Parking garages at County Street, Middle Street and Water Street were opened Friday afternoon for residents to relocate their cars away from flooded street.

Officials say you should stay off of the roads unless you absolutely have to use them. The city is expected to experience more flooding during the upcoming high-tide cycles.

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