Cities give instructions for storm cleanup

Cities give instructions for storm cleanup

Credit: Jonathan Bard

Cities give instructions for storm cleanup


Posted on August 28, 2011 at 11:13 AM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 31 at 4:36 PM

HAMPTON ROADS -- Thousands of residents are spending Sunday cleaning up after Hurricane Irene.  The following is a growing list of cleanup instructions from local cities. 



The City of Virginia Beach will begin cleaning up from Hurricane Irene immediately after the storm.   City crews, with contractor assistance, will clear road and remove and dispose of debris.

Some city streets and highways may be impassable. Restoring ingress and egress for public safety vehicles and other vehicles will be a priority.  Residents are encouraged to stay off the roads until they have been cleared.

Please exercise extreme caution, as storm cleanup activities can be very dangerous.  Assume that downed power lines are live.

With the unusually large amount of debris expected, it is important that residents be aware of the following:

•    Tree debris should be placed curbside.  Normal regulations regarding pile size, diameter, and length are temporarily suspended.  Material will be collected by contractors using heavy equipment, so do not mix plastic bags with the woody debris at the curb
•    Clear plastic bags of loose yard debris may be placed curbside, but again, must be separately located from woody debris piles.  Residents are encouraged to delay placing bagged material by the curb for collection until after woody debris has been collected.  There is a maximum limit of 25 pounds per bag.
•    Construction debris, such as lumber, siding, roofing, etc. must be handled by private contractor or resident and will not be collected by the City.
•    Furniture and appliances damaged by the storm will be collected curbside.  A bulky item request is required.  Routine requests, however, are temporarily suspended so that crews can accommodate storm damage as a first priority.
•    Household hazardous waste, such as oil, gasoline, and solvents can be taken to the Household Hazardous Waste drop off facility located at the Virginia Beach Landfill, 1989 Jake Sears Road, off Centerville Turnpike, between 7 am and 4:30 pm Monday through Saturday.
•    At this time, normal City garbage and recycling collections (black and blue carts) are scheduled to resume Tuesday, August 30, and will follow normal waste collection schedules as much as possible.
For questions or additional information, please contact Waste Management at 757-385-4650, or go to our website at:


As cleanup from Hurricane Irene begins, the Department of Public Works has announced debris collection and clean-up procedures.
Curbside Waste Collection:

The standard waste collection procedures are suspended for the week to allow residents to place their trash at the curb at any time.  When setting out waste for curbside collection, please separate it into five distinct piles placed away from overhead wires and not near water meters or fire hydrants.  Separate waste in the following way: 
1. Household garbage, bagged and placed in green trash cart.  Overflow trash, such as food waste that will not fit in the trash cart, should be placed in dark plastic bags and tied off. 
2.  Building debris, furniture and related material.
3.  Appliances
4.  Yard debris - Leaves and grass clippings (in clear plastic bags). Individual branches must be less than six inches in diameter and no longer than four feet in length.  Groups of branches must be tied and bundled and not exceed 18 inches in diameter.
5. Recycling materials placed in blue recycling cart. 
Debris and Bulk Waste Drop-off Sites
Drop-off sites for residents will be open Sunday from 3p to 7p today and it is anticipated that they will be open from 7a to 7p for the rest of the week.  The sites will accept residential storm debris only; the following materials will be accepted:
•        Yard and clean woody or green vegetative waste.
•         Bulk, construction and demolition waste.
•         Household trash and household hazardous waste will not be accepted at the sites. 
The sites are located at:

•        Tarrallton Park (Parking Lot off Helsley Drive)
•        Former Ramada Inn site, across from Community Beach on Ocean View Avenue
•        Virginia Zoo parking lot (3500 Granby Street)
Damages or Problems
To report storm-related damage or problems in the City right-of-way, please call 664-7200. Damage or problems to report may include:
1.      Holes in streets
2.      Downed trees
3.      Downed traffic signs or signals


Bulk Trash and Debris Pick-up:

City trash collection will resume as normal on Tuesday, August 30.  Bulk trash and debris pickup will begin Wednesday, August 31.  No calls or scheduling necessary.

Place all tree debris in clear bags and other storm debris at the curb.

City crews will work to maintain as close to normal trash, bulk trash and debris pick-up schedule, but ask that residents be patient as the volume will be much greater than normal.


The City’s Compost Facility located at 550 Atkinson Way, will accept storm debris Sunday, Aug. 28, from noon to 4:30 p.m. It will resume regular operating hours on Monday, Aug. 29, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. This service is provided only for Newport News citizens and I.D. will be required.

• Storm debris must less than 6 inches in diameter and less than 6 feet long.

The City of Newport News Public Works Department is on duty and can be reached at 757-269-2700.


  The City has issued a residential debris removal policy. More information on the policy can be found on the City’s website at or by calling 259-7200.

As of 8:00 a.m., the City’s Emergency Operations Center reports that 10 inches of rain have fallen in the City since midnight on Friday, Aug. 26.

Currently 5,189 residents are without power—a majority of the City.  To report down power lines call Dominion at 866-366-4357.  

Dominion Power is assessing damage this morning and has not given any estimates of power restoration. Updates on power restoration will be provided as available.

All city streets have been cleared of fallen trees except trees that are intertwined with power lines.

Citizens are encouraged not to remove fallen trees until deemed safe from fallen power lines. Contact Dominion Power 866-366-4357 if you suspect any power line involvement.    


Chowan County Convenience Sites (trash dumps) will open at 1:00pm on Sunday. 


•    County crews are now assessing storm damage; Dominion Power crews are beginning their work to restore power. At this time we do not have information on progress.

•    Residents can stack their storm-related woody debris to the curb for pick up later; do not burn debris.  Woody debris should be cut to 10 foot lengths and no larger than 24 inches in diameter.

•    Jolly Pond Convenience center will be open Monday and storm debris can be taken there. It will also be open Tuesday from 8am-5pm.  Fees will be waived for two weeks for the disposal of residential storm debris. Proof of JCC residency is required.

•    County web site and internet access is down.

•    Citizens can find local information through Facebook/Twitter emergency hotline 757-875-2424 or call our public inquiry line at 757-564-2140.

•    JCSA and Newport News Waterworks water is safe to drink. We are not under a boil water notice.

•    Water is available at Stonehouse Elementary, 3651 Rochambeau Drive, bring your own container.

•    Those residents needing showers or air conditioning can visit the James City Community Center at 5301 Longhill Road.

•    County parks, convenience centers and libraries remain closed.

•    Avoid downed power lines and standing water; wear sturdy footwear; most intersections are without stoplights and traffic conditions are dangerous. Please stay off the roads so emergency and repair crews have access.

•    Report traffic light outages to JCC police dispatch at 757-564-2151. Report downed trees and power lines to the County public inquiry line at 564-2140 or 911. Stay 10 feet away from downed power lines.

•    The County has a public shelter at the James City/Williamsburg Community Center, 5301 Longhill Road.


CONVENIENCE CENTER CLOSED SUNDAY: The landfill and all convenience centers in Gloucester County are closed today. A Monday reopening for normal working hours is expected. Please do not bring storm debris including brush to the convenience centers on Monday. Arrangements to dispose of storm debris are being finalized and debris disposal instructions and guidance will be announced soon. 


Curbside collection routs for recycling, refuse, bulk trash and yard waste collection will operate on normal schedules. Crews may not be able to collect all trash and debris on the schedule day, but will collect the remainder on the next regular scheduled day.

When setting out waste for curbside collection, please separate in the following way: 

1. Household garbage bagged and placed in green trash cart. 
2. Building debris, furniture and related material.
3. Yard debris - Leaves and grass clippings (in clear plastic bags). Individual branches must be less than six inches in diameter and no longer than four feet in length.  Groups of branches must be tied and bundled and not exceed 18 inches in diameter.
4. Recycling materials placed in blue recycling cart. 

Debris and Bulk Waste Drop-off Sites

City Landfill: The city landfill is located on North Park Lane off Big Bethel Road near TNCC. It is open to the citizens of Hampton for the disposal of bulky trash. The landfill will be open normal operating hours, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday with the landfill being closed on Sundays. The telephone number for the landfill is 766-3033 for further information.

Yard waste site

Residents can bring leaves, grass, limbs and branches to the site located at 100 North Park Lane, next to the landfill off of Big Bethel Road. The site is open is open daily from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday and is closed Sunday. All leaves, grass, yard rakings, limbs, branches, and brush no larger than 5 feet in length and 5 inches in diameter are accepted. The size limit is due to processing requirements.