CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - Chesterfield has just sent us an update on conditions in the county and resources being made available for residents still feeling the effects of Hurricane Irene.
Chesterfield County has been working around-the-clock with Dominion Virginia Power, various state and federal agencies and volunteer organizations to assist county residents during this significant storm. Our first priority is, as always, life, safety and health concerns of our residents.
The county is actively pursuing relief efforts even though a FEMA declaration has not been received. The county is actively tracking storm-related needs and costs and continually submitting this information to state and federal agencies in order to pursue all storm-related designations and support that may be available.
Chesterfield County's Emergency Operations Center remains open during regular business hours and continues to serve as a call center for those needing storm-related information. Call 804-751-4966. There is an automated message for after-hours callers.
Continual updates are being posted on chesterfield.gov and on the county's emergency radio system, 1630 AM, with regular updates to the media. The county also plans to release its e-newsletter, Currents, with updated information next week. To sign up for Currents, visit chesterfield.gov.
- Residents with shelter or assistance needs should contact the Department of Social Services at 804-751-4966.
- On Friday, Sept. 2, at Gathering Grounds Ministry, 12211 Iron Bridge Road, nonperishable food will be distributed at 6:30 p.m.
- On Saturday, Sept. 3, pancakes will be served from 9-11 a.m. and hot dogs will be served from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. at Bagel Lox restaurant, 11400 Iron Bridge Road. Bagel Lox is located inside the Ironbridge Sports Park. Free ice also will be available.
- On Monday, Sept. 5, meals will be served at Bermuda Baptist Church, 13912 Jefferson Davis Highway, at 5:30 p.m.
- The county is seeking volunteers over the age of 18 with pick up trucks or trailers to help in debris removal for the elderly and disabled. People with these resources are asked to call 804-796-7170. They will be paired with college-aged volunteers who will be picking up the debris at the designated locations and placing it in the vehicles. The volunteer drivers will then take the debris to one of the county's convenience centers or other designated debris-removal sites.
Water Filling Stations
Free water-filling stations are available for residents at Fire Station #13, 10630 River Road. Residents should bring their own containers, since bottled water is not available. For more information, call the Chesterfield County Call Center at 804-751-4966.
Storm Debris Removal
The county has waived residential disposal fees, extended hours of operation and opened additional disposal sites. Disposal fees are waived for storm-generated debris and waste until Sept. 11. Both convenience centers and three additional disposal sites will be open through the holiday weekend.
- Convenience Centers: Open 8 a.m.–7 p.m. daily through Sept. 11 for storm-generated debris and waste. No tree stumps or root balls can be accepted.
- Northern Convenience Center: 3200 Warbro Road (off Genito Road)
- Southern Convenience Center: 6700 Landfill Drive (off Iron Bridge Road)
- Alternative Disposal Sites: 8 a.m.–7 p.m. every day through Sept. 11, Woody debris only. No trash, construction debris, tree stumps or root balls can be accepted.
Rockwood Park: 3401 Courthouse Road
Old Clover Hill High School: 13900 Hull Street Road
R. Garland Dodd Park at Point of Rocks: 201 Enon Church Road
Chesterfield County Public Library is open for normal business hours, with the exception of the Bon Air branch.
- Hours of operation are: Mon.-Wed., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Thurs., Central Library is open 1-9 p.m., all other branches are closed; Fri.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; and closed on Sunday. For more information, please visit http://library.chesterfield.gov Libraries will be closed Sunday, Sept. 4 and Monday, Sept. 5 for Labor Day.
- Each branch offers free services, including Internet access, Wi-Fi and electronics charging. The facilities are air-conditioned and offer comfortable seating. Patrons are welcome to bring snacks and covered beverages. Librarians are available to assist with answers to storm-related questions. Check email, pay bills online, do work or just keep cool and entertained with free books and programs.
- Residents who would like to donate canned or other non-perishable foods to those in need may drop them off at their local Chesterfield County library branch.
- As of 8:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 2, Dominion Virginia Power reported 25,209, or 18 percent of Chesterfield County customers, are without power.
- The Utilities Department's water-treatment facilities are operating at normal capacity, including the Appomattox River Water Authority facility.
- As of 1:30 p.m. Friday, only one Chesterfield County school, Ecoff Elementary, was without power. Power restoration is anticipated to occur today.
- Park sites are open normal hours. Please be advised that many trails have not been cleared and therefore may be dangerous. Park needs will be addressed after school sites are cleared.
- The county's strategy continues to be connecting citizens in need to available services and organizations that can help them. We ask those still experiencing power outages to please be patient. Crews are working hard to restore power to everyone as quickly as possible.
- Hurricane Irene has provided a solid reminder about the importance of everyone being prepared for disasters. We're urging people to think about the things they needed this week, but didn't have, and to plan to have those things for the next time. Have a battery powered radio available for use year round. Stock up on nonperishable essentials, such as canned goods.
- To help citizens plan, the county provides lots of preparedness information on chesterfield.gov. Click on Hurricane Preparedness. Hurricane season is not over.