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Downtown Norfolk roads covered in ice

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Posted at 3:09 PM, Jan 29, 2014
and last updated 2014-01-29 15:09:56-05

The City of Norfolk issued a local declaration of emergency at Noon on Tuesday, allowing them to track storm expenditures for reimbursement.

Public Works crews are working 24-hour shifts. They pre-treated bridges and overpasses before the storm and sent out plows once the snow started on Tuesday night.

Each shift has 21 trucks (9 combination plow/spreader, 7 plows and 5 spreaders only) and approximately 35-40 personnel.

Snow removal is focused on primary routes, including bridges/overpasses, downtown streets, and main arterial roads through the city (namely Virginia Beach Blvd, Chesapeake Blvd, Hampton Blvd, Princess Anne Rd, Shore Dr, Ocean View and Granby Street.)

Residential roads will not be plowed due to equipment and safety concerns.

Crews are also focusing on clearing entrances to hospitals, police departments and fire departments so that emergency crews can get in and out.

Snow that has accumulated downtown will be hauled out.

Trash collection for Wednesday has been canceled.