Snow makes for unique challenges for Beach Public Utilities crews

Posted at 6:00 PM, Jan 31, 2014
and last updated 2014-01-31 18:00:10-05

Virginia Beach, Va. (WTKR) - Heavy snowfall in Virginia Beach made for some unique challenges for Public Utilities crews responding to emergency water calls.

On Thursday, when most of the city was closed, essential operations personnel with Public Utilities were still on the job, responding to 81 emergency calls.

Of those, 62 were for emergency water shut-off, but the snowfall presented a challenge.

"The problem was finding the meter box. You're trying to find a little 12 or 18-inch metal lid buried under so there were quite a few that was a challenge. We would have to use metal detectors and probing rods," explained Meter Operations Superintendent Matt Hood.

Hood took NewsChannel 3's Todd Corillo out Friday to experience what his crews were dealing with during the snowfall.

Public Utilities crews are also keeping an eye on water mains in the city. Thirteen broke after the first January snowfall.