Mayor Jones declares local state of emergency

RICHMOND, VA - Mayor Dwight C. Jones declared a local state of emergency today, August 27, 2011, at approximately 10:20 p.m. due to the substantial effects felt from Hurricane Irene.

The City's Emergency Operation Center (EOC) has been in operation since 8 a.m. this morning and will continue to operate through Sunday, August 28. The City's EOC operates in conjunction with the Virginia Department of Emergency Management.

The City will begin assessing and remediating damage at first light and will work to have all roads passable by dark on Sunday, August 28.

Residents are encouraged to remain at home or indoors and avoid travel if at all possible, as there are many trees down, non-functioning traffic lights, non-functioning street lights, etc. If travel is necessary, motorists are advised to take caution when proceeding through all intersections, and to stop at all intersections in which a traffic signal is malfunctioning or not working. The following are other safe driving suggestions to undertake if you must travel:

• If you do have to drive, drive cautiously;
• If driving, decrease speed;
• Have a full tank of gas;
• Have a cell phone with a full charge with you;

For up-to-date information and additional instructions during the storm, please visit, follow the City on Twitter (@CityRichmondVA), and tune into local radio and television stations.