Va. Beach landfill closed due to major damage from Matthew

Photo: City of Virginia Beach
Photo: City of Virginia Beach

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Officials say the Virginia Beach Landfill and Resource Recovery Center suffered extensive damage from Hurricane Matthew.

Water that should have gone through a ditch, which runs parallel to the landfill’s borrow pit, washed over and eroded a weak spot so the borrow pit began to fill with water.

Eight sections of 36 inch pipe were wiped out, along with an exit road. The concrete block bathroom was also washed away. A pump that was in the borrow pit has disappeared, too.  Fencing has been torn down and ditches that were four feet deep are now 30 feet deep. Construction equipment placed at the landfill was inundated with water.

Photo courtesy Joshua Ryan Withrow‎
Photo courtesy Joshua Ryan Withrow‎

Electricity going to the site has been cut off. City officials are working to slow the flow of the water going into the borrow pit.

Meanwhile, the landfill is closed until further notice.

Trash and recycling collection will be collected on normal days. Flooded or impassible areas will be serviced as soon as it is safe enough to do so.

Normal bulk item collections are suspended until further notice. Crews will collect damaged items from flooded homes. You can put debris at the curb at any time; it will be collected as soon as possible. Rules will be relaxed to allow collection of carpet, padding and other flooring as well as sheetrock and other materials damaged from flooding.

Click here for more information, or call 385-4650 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.