Monday, May 23, 2022

Northam lifts mandatory evacuation order for coastal Virginia

Laskin Road near Hilltop area of Virginia Beach on Sunday (Southside Daily photo/Taken by Mary Delnore Dye)
Laskin Road near Hilltop area of Virginia Beach on Sunday (HNNDaily photo/Taken by Mary Delnore Dye)

Residents in Zone A of Hampton Roads, the eastern shore, Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula can go home beginning at 11 a.m. Friday.

Gov. Ralph Northam lifted the mandatory evacuation following the National Weather Service lifting the tropical storm warning for coastal Virginia.

“The imminent threat of coastal flooding and high winds have passed for our coastal communities as Hurricane Florence has made landfall in the Carolinas and we believe it is safe for Virginians to begin returning home,” Northam said. “We are shifting our focus to the expected inland flooding and damage to Southwest Virginia as Florence turns north this weekend. We will make determinations in the coming days about the available resources and assistance we can offer to our neighbors in the Carolinas, who are in our thoughts and prayers as they bear the impact of this historic storm. I want to recognize the tireless work of our local, state, and federal partners who have been working around the clock to prepare Virginia for Hurricane Florence and to keep our residents safe.”

RELATED NEWS: Northam orders mandatory evacuation for high-risk areas of Hampton Roads

Once the mandatory evacuation order is no longer in effect, individual localities will coordinate the return of their residents with consideration to flooding and road conditions, public health and medical concerns, public safety issues, ongoing response activities, and critical utility restoration.

Virginians should check local government websites and social media channels for any additional instructions.

Residents should use caution when returning home, and check road conditions before they travel by logging on to www.511Virginia.org or call 511.

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