Hampton Roads area declares state of emergency due to flooding from Matthew

Hampton Roads area declares state of emergency due to flooding from Matthew

NORFOLK, VA (WWBT) - The cities of Hampton, Norfolk, Newport News, Portsmouth, and Virginia Beach declared a state of emergency and is urging residents to stay off the roads due to the floods and damage caused by Matthew.

Middlesex County also declared a state of emergency.

Norfolk officials posted a response to their website Sunday morning:

Citizens are asked to stay off the roads unless absolutely necessary. A majority of the 9-1-1 calls are from citizens stranded in flooded vehicles.

Virginia Beach officials posted this response to their website:

?Due to widespread flooding throughout Virginia Beach, City Manager Dave Hansen declared a local state of emergency and the Emergency Operations Center is activated.

The City of Portsmouth will open a short-term emergency shelter.

Also, 160 members of the Virginia National Guard will be stationed in the Hampton Roads area with humvees, light/medium tactical trucks, and chain saws to help assist with the damage caused by Matthew.

The soldiers and vehicles will be in place ready to assist law enforcement and emergency response organizations Sunday morning as a part of the state's multi-agency response.

The Virginian Emergency Operations Center is also staffed ready to respond to local needs.

"As anticipated, we have had some impacts from the storm and I have directed our state agencies to make every resource available to local authorities as they respond to floods and power outages, particularly in the Hampton Roads area," said Gov. McAuliffe. "As our response continues, I urge Virginians in affected areas to monitor local reports and limit unnecessary travel so responders can do their jobs quickly.

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