Sunday, December 4, 2022

Virginia Beach asking residents to keep an eye on their curbs to help flooding

VIRGINIA BEACH — ​The city’s Public Works Department is advising residents to prepare wisely for heavy rainfall and possible flooding this week as Hurricane Florence approaches.

One of the first tips is to ensure that your closest storm drain is unobstructed, especially when placing waste collection carts and yard waste bags in the street for collection. If possible, wait until collection day in your neighborhood before setting them out. If it’s not possible to do that, then set the bags or other items just above the curb.

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If carts, bags, and other items must be placed in the street prior to collection, city officials are asking residents to place them at least 12–18 inches from the curb so that water can flow to the storm drain unobstructed, according to a news release from the city.

To report any immediate after-hours flooding problems, residents can call the City’s 311 line. During regular business hours, they can call the city’s stormwater operations office at 757-385-1470.

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