County officials will continue to monitor conditions in the area throughout the weekend. A follow-up release will be issued as conditions warrant.
· South Riverside Drive (4000 block) is flooded and impassable.
All other roadways are currently open. However, there is significant ponding on roads throughout the County.
· Residents are reminded to not underestimate the force and power of water. Do not drive or walk around barriers that indicate the road is flooded. Just 6 inches of fast-moving flood water can knock over an adult. It takes just 12 inches of rushing water to carry away a small car, while 2 feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles. It is never safe to drive or walk into flood waters.
· Know the road conditions before you travel. Go to www.511Virginia.org or dial 511 from any phone for real-time traffic information and road condition reports.
· For Jamestown-Scotland Ferry updates, call 1-800-VA-Ferry.
· The store at Little Creek Reservoir Park is closed.
· No boat rentals at Little Creek Reservoir Park, Chickahominy Riverfront Park or the James City County Marina.
· No bike rentals at the James City County Marina.
Grinder Pump Customers
· In the event of a power outage, grinder pump customers should be aware that they will experience loss of sewer service. With approximately 900 grinder pumps in service, JCSA does not have the resources to ensure continued operation of grinder pumps during periods without electricity.
Commercial Building Owners
· Commercial building owners are encouraged to survey their roofs to assure that primary and secondary roof drains are not obstructed in order to avoid damage that could result from excessive water “ponding” on roof surfaces.
Where to Find Local Information
· County residents should sign up to receive local emergency alert information at JCCAlert.org. Text messaging charges may apply.
· For more information, follow James City County on Facebook and Twitter, monitor local news media including TIDE Radio 92.3 FM; 107.9 WBQK FM; WMBG 740 AM; the County’s website jamescitycountyva.gov; and JCC TV on Cox Cable 48.
· Spanish-speaking residents are encouraged to visit www.vaemergency.gov/listoVirginia for preparation information.
Background on County Response
· A local State of Emergency was declared on Oct. 2 at 9 a.m. by James City County Administrator, Bryan Hill. The declaration allows the County to mobilize resources to support essential functions during and after an emergency.
Media Contact: Renee Dallman, Senior Communications Specialist