Here are some ways our cities are preparing for the tropical storm heading our way this weekend and there are some things you can do as well!
"We have our public works crews out making sure that ditches are clean and storm drains are clear and that we are all ready to move that water through as fast as we can," said Robin McCormick, a spokesperson for the city. "We do want to remind people though, do not pick up put out your bulk trash early. We'll get your trash on Friday, but if your collection and until Monday or Tuesday, don't put anything out because it could very likely to float away hit a storm drain and make flooding worse for you and all your neighbors."
That's a great tip!
In Newport News:
Teams are cleaning and flushing storm drain catch basins, hand cleaning barscreens, and responding to service requests. We are also inspecting and monitoring low lying areas prone to nuisance flooding. Street Maintenance is securing job sites and bringing all equipment to the road yards."
The city of Norfolk says that cleaning drains and ditches. Sewer cleaning trucks, pump station staff and operations crews will remain on-call all weekend. The city is closing the Nauticas flood gate on Friday and it will remain closed.
The York Street Garage will be open at no cost from 9 a.m. Friday to 9 a.m. Sunday for people who want to move their car to higher ground.