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Posted on: October 2, 2022

[ARCHIVED] URGENT: Hampton preparing for severe flooding

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Oct. 2, 2022   A second — and more serious — round of flooding is predicted for Hampton from Monday afternoon through Tuesday morning. A Nor’easter is forming off the coast that will create flooding conditions that could rival or surpass those seen in Hurricane Sandy in 2012.The National Weather Service in Wakefield has issued a flood warning for Hampton. Monday afternoon’s high tide about 3:52 p.m. is predicted to reach 6.9 feet above mean lower low water at Sewell’s Point and Fort Monroe. Flooding during Sandy hit 6.8 feet. That means that emergency crews may not be able to access certain parts of the city at the hight of flooding.Other high tides are expected to be elevated as well, but in the moderate stage: At 3:12 a.m. Monday morning and 4:25 a.m. Tuesday morning.Hampton's Office of Emergency Management said some locations that may experience flooding include Buckroe, Foxhill, Fort Monroe, Langley Air Force Base, Hampton University, Newmarket Creek area, and Grandview.Hampton’s stormwater crews are working around-the-clock to clear ditches and storm drains. Public Works is also testing and getting generators ready. Human Services is putting together plans for shelters in case they are needed. We recommend that residents make similar preparations — check emergency supplies, have copies of important documents, refill prescription medication as necessary, etc. Residents of low-lying areas, particularly those in Zone A, should have a plan for what they will do if conditions warrant an evacuation. To check your zone, go to knowyourzone.orgHampton will suspend trash collection on Tuesday. Residents should NOT place refuse or recycler containers, bulk trash or yard debris at the curb. In heavy wind and rain, refuse and recycle containers cans can blow open or over, spilling contents, and bulk waste can block storm drains, making flooding worse. Trash collection for Tuesday’s routes will begin at 7 a.m. on Wednesday, assuming conditions allow.The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning, which means flooding is occurring or is imminent. Excessive runoff from heavy rainfall will cause elevated water levels on small creeks and water could pond in urban areas, on some highways, streets and underpasses.Emergency Management will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates.There are several ways Hampton residents can keep up with storm news and city announcements: Visit hampton.gov. Sign up at hampton.gov/notifyme to get news and or emergency alerts via text or email. Sign up for the less-frequent e-newsletter at hampton.gov/enews Follow Hampton, VA - Gov on Facebook or @cityofhampton on Twitter. Watch for posts on NextDoor, call 311 from a landline or 727-8311 from a cell phone.

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