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Virginia Beach - Sandbridge Hurricane Evacuation

Published: August 25, 2011 | Updated: August 25, 2011

After several days of speculation concerning Hurricane Irene, Virginia Beach and much of the Mid Atlantic were preparing for the worst. On August 25th, the City of Virginia Beach began urging visitors and residents to voluntarily evacuate Sandbridge from noon Friday, Aug. 26, to noon Saturday, Aug. 27, and stay away until the storm has passed.

According to officials, Sandbridge could be cut off from the mainland during the hurricane, causing possible delays in police, firefighting and EMS response.

Starting 8 a.m. Saturday, the access road into Sandbridge will be closely controlled to discourage people from entering the area.

Residents and visitors are strongly urged to depart Sandbridge by Saturday noon and to await the storm’s passing.  This neighborhood is subject to storm surge, large waves and hurricane-force winds.

People evacuating should stay with friends or relatives out of the low-lying areas or go to a city shelter. Evacuation should be completed by noon Saturday.  Evacuees leaving the city should monitor weather reports, leave as soon as possible to avoid heavy traffic, and travel well beyond the projected path of the hurricane.
 
The city has opened several shelters in response to the emergency. Public shelters are available to anyone in the City of Virginia Beach who feels they would be safer in a shelter than in their home. Pets are not permitted in public shelters.

For up-to-date information regarding Hurricane Irene Virginia Beach is urging citizens to monitor local television, radio stations and VBgov.com.