NORFOLK, VA – City Manager Chip Filer declared a local state of emergency for the City of Norfolk to begin at noon on Friday, January 28. This allows the City to ask for state and federal resources and seek state and federal reimbursement, if the cost of the winter storm reaches a certain threshold.
The City has been preparing for the impending winter storm by pretreating all bridges and major intersections. The City has 23 plow trucks, 16 pickup trucks fitted with plows, 21 spreaders and four salt brine distributor trucks. Plowing begins once the snow depth reaches 2 inches and conditions are safe to do so. The focus is on primary roads and emergency facilities. Residents are reminded that the City does not plow neighborhood streets and are asked stay off the roads during and immediately after the storm, if possible, to allow crews to work and emergency vehicles to respond without interference.
Winter storm parking is available downtown. The York Street Garage opened Friday, January 28, at noon and will remain open until Sunday, January 30, at 8 p.m. Street parking is removed along Boush Street, Granby Street, Plume Street, Main Street, City Hall Avenue (in front of Fairfax Building), and the 400 block of Monticello Avenue, to allow for plowing operations. Ticketing and towing of vehicles in these areas will begin Friday afternoon.
Residents can find more information and additional updates at www.norfolk.gov, the city’s social media platforms or by signing up for Norfolk Alert at www.norfolk.gov/alert.