City of Virginia Beach prepares for storm, offers free sand to residents

Posted at 2:28 PM, Aug 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-03 17:20:34-04

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Storm preparations have been underway for days in Hampton Roads.

The City of Virginia offered free to sand to residents Monday.

Public Information Officer Drew Lankford said 100 tons of sand was available near the Virginia Beach Sportsplex off Landstown Centre Way.

News 3 spoke to several residents who stopped by for sand.

“It got scary the last few times that we had torrential pouring so I want to make sure with this storm coming through I’m prepared,” said Chris Washington.

Washington was part of the steady follow of people that stopped by for free sand.

Other people said they’ve been monitoring the weather forecast closely.

Roy Nelson jokingly said his wife has asked him if he had anything else to do besides watch the weather and news.

Public works officials said the free sand was left over from the mild winter we experienced.

Residents told News 3 they really appreciate it.

“It is so excellent. There’s no way I’ll could block the water from coming in,” said Nelson. He said he has experienced flooding in the past.

Public works said they’ve been taking action over the last few days and getting the city ready for the storm.

“We’ve checked storm drains, pump stations, we’ve gone to some of the low lying areas, we got high water signs ready and road closed signs particularly in the southern part of the city where we think it’s going to catch the brunt of the storm,” said Lankford.

He said people need to prepare their homes.

“If you got things that are outside that need to be tied down,” said Lankford, “Do it have some kind of plan in place because one of the things were worried about is
power outages.”

“It’s coming,” said Lankford, “At the very least you’re going get a lot of rain and a lot of wind.”

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