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Press Release: Resources for Hurricane Florence

Post Date:09/11/2018 3:46 PM
Media Contact
Joint Information Center (JIC)


September 11, 2018


CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA -Hurricane Florence is expected to make landfall in the southeast in the coming days. It is too early to know the precise track the system will take, but it is expected that Central Virginia will receive significant rainfall through the weekend, and flooding and heavy winds are expected. County, City, regional, and state partners are working together to prepare for this event.


Please take a few moments to review information below and create a plan to prepare for the storm. To stay up-to-date on emergency alerts, register for CodeRED, “like” CommEmerg on Facebook, and follow @CommEmerg on Twitter.



County of Albemarle Social Media
City of Charlottesville Social Media
City and County Emergency Preparedness Websites: includes Hurricane Florence Info
On Twitter, also follow:
  • Create an emergency kit so you can shelter-in-place safely and comfortably. Please remember your four-legged friends!
  • Property owners and property managers can reduce the possibility of flooding by keeping all conveyances clear of debris and other obstructions. Remove debris from stormwater grates, inlets, the upstream ends of open pipes and culverts, and the outfall structures of detention basins and ponds.
  • Remove fallen tree limbs and other debris from channels upstream of pipes so this material doesn’t wash downstream and clog the pipes.
Stay Safe
  • Turn Around, Don’t Drown! Do not walk, swim, or drive through flood waters. Each year, more deaths occur due to flooding than from any other thunderstorm related hazard. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that over half of all flood-related drownings occur when a vehicle is driven into hazardous flood water.
  • In the event of high winds, take shelter in a storm shelter or an interior room, away from windows.
  • Only use generators outdoors and away from windows.
  • Listen for emergency information and alerts.
  • Evacuate if told to do so.
  • Resources:
Virginia Department of Health: Flood Water Safety
Know Who to Call and Where to Click
  • For emergencies, please dial 911.
  • To report an issue with a roadway (blockages, etc.) please contact VDOT or 800-367-7623.
  • Gather the names of all your utility providers to report outages, should they occur.
Utility Service Providers in Albemarle County:
Dominion Power Company
(866) 366-4357
Central Virginia Electric Co-op
(800) 367-2832
Appalachian Power
(800) 956-4237
Rappahannock Electric Cooperative
Albemarle County Service Authority (water)
Utility Service Providers in the City of Charlottesville:
City Public Service (Refuse, Streets & Sidewalks, Traffic)
MyCville App (for City service requests and reporting obstructions)

County staff have been preparing for the anticipated heavy rains associated with Hurricane Florence – in part – by removing trash and debris from public stormwater conveyances, including outfall structures at dams and stormwater management facilities.Please take a moment to look at any stormwater structures on your property – drains, ditches, etc. – and remove any debris that may be blocking them.

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