HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) – Hampton Roads residents are keeping a close eye on Hurricane Irma as her track gets closer to the United States.
Hurricane Irma is the first major storm threat to our area since the city of Hampton released its new flood zone maps this summer.
Hampton says city officials have been busy for days working on their plans for a potential hurricane and its aftermath. Public Works crews are out clearing ditches and emergency managers are making arrangements for shelters and emergency transportation or evacuation if necessary.
In Norfolk, crews spent this week preparing equipment, checking pump stations, reached out to the homeless and shelter teams were notified and pressed. Public Works crews focused on areas prone to flooding. Ditches, storm drains and structures were cleaned of trash and debris. Outfalls in Ocean View were cleaned and opened to reduce flooding as well.
New state evacuation maps have been redrawn to add flooding data in addition to potential surge zones. The new zone maps are labeled A-D with A being the lowest-lying area.
Hampton has evacuated the area most at risk of flooding in previous storms. If an evacuation is ordered for your zone, you may not have to go far; find friends or family who live on higher ground.
And of course, you can count on the Super Doppler 10 Weather Team to keep you updated on Irma’s every move.