August 30, 2011, 5:00 p.m.
News Release #20
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
James City County Emergency Operations Center
Renee Dallman or Jody Puckett, JCC Communications
757-564-2140 Citizen Inquiry Line
James City County update, August 30 5 p.m.
- 7 homes destroyed
- 130 homes major damage
- 109 homes minor damage
- 191 homes affected but habitable
- Private damage assessment approximately $21 million. The public damage assessment will be available on August 31.
- Emergency officials remind citizens that roads with barricades are closed to ensure drivers’ safety. Do not drive around the barricades.
- Avoid downed power lines and standing water; keep at least 10 feet away from downed power lines and wear sturdy footwear if you need to go out.
- Many 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 564-2151. Report downed trees and power lines to the County public inquiry line at 564-2140 or 911.
Jolly Pond Convenience Center
- Downed power lines are limiting access to Jolly Pond Road. Jolly Pond Road is open to cars only. All other vehicles must use Chickahominy Road and Cranston’s Mill Pond Road to access the Convenience Center.
- There are two ways to dispose of hurricane construction debris. 1) Self haul to Jolly Pond and use coupons. 2) Place by curb for pick up after September 6, no coupons required. Keep construction debris separate from vegetative debris.
- Tree limbs and other vegetative debris are accepted at the Jolly Pond Convenience Center at no charge - no coupons required. Proof of James City County residency is required. This free disposal will continue until September 16.
- Do not mix construction materials with vegetative debris.
- Tewning Road and Toano Convenience Centers will be closed until electricity is provided.
Curbside debris collection
- Trucks will collect vegetative and storm-related construction materials from Hurricane Irene beginning September 6 on all VDOT public streets in James City County. There will be two collection passes through the County to all affected areas – the September 6 pick up and a second pick up to be announced at a later time.
- Place all storm-related debris at the edge of property line at the curb or shoulder of the road, within 10 feet of the road. Do not cut logs in very short lengths. Logs up to 10-12 feet in length are acceptable.
- Make sure to avoid piling debris near hanging wires and anything that could be hit or damaged by the truck during collection, such as mail boxes or utility boxes and meters
- Separate vegetative debris from construction debris. Do not mix vegetative and construction debris or it will not be picked up.
- No hazardous materials. Do not burn debris.
- Vegetative debris can also be bagged in clear bags no larger than lawn or leaf-size (40 gallons or less).
- County staff will continue issuing expedited building permits for residents and businesses for the repair of structures damaged by the storm at the JCC Law Enforcement Center, 4600 Opportunity Way on Wednesday, August 31 from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. and at the County Government Center, 101-E Mounts Bay Rd. from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Beginning Thursday, September 1, expedited permits will only be issued at the County Government Center. All fees will be waived and proof of storm damage is needed. For more information call 879-1955.
James City County operations/services
- The Emergency Operations Center and public inquiry line will close at 5 p.m., August 30 and reopen at 8 a.m., August 31.
- County offices will be open regular hours beginning Wednesday, August 31. All County employees will report to work at their normal work locations.
- Those residents needing showers or air conditioning can visit the James City/Williamsburg Community Center at 5301 Longhill Road until 9 p.m. Tuesday, August 30 and from 6 a.m.–9 p.m. on Wednesday, August 31.
- JCSA and Newport News Waterworks water is safe to drink. The County is NOT under a boil water notice.
- Water is available by connection to a fire hydrant in front of the parking lot at Stonehouse Elementary, 3651 Rochambeau Drive. Residents must bring their own containers.
- Any missed recycling collections will not be made up. Save your recyclables until your next scheduled pick up date.
- JCSA’s Regional Water Supply Plan community meeting will be held as scheduled, Wednesday, August 31 at the James City County Government Center, 101-C Mounts Bay Road at 5 p.m.
- The August 30 Planning Commission Policy Committee has been rescheduled to September 1 at 4 p.m.
- County residents should sign up to receive local emergency alert information at www.jccalert.org. Text messaging charges may apply.
- For more information, follow James City County on Facebook and Twitter; monitor local news media including WMBG 740 AM; the County’s website jamescitycountyva.gov; JCC TV on Cox Cable 48; and the emergency hotline 757-875-2424.
- Spanish-speaking residents are encouraged to visit www.ListoVirginia.gov for preparation information.