September 2, 2011, 4:40 p.m.
News Release #25
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jody Puckett, JCC Communications
757-564-2140 Citizen Inquiry Line
James City County update, September 2, 4:40 p.m.
Initial damage assessment
- Initial private damage assessment approximately $21 million; public assessment at approximately $750,000. Numbers are expected to increase as damage assessments continue.
- 71 Dominion Power crews are working throughout the County to restore power.
- Jolly Pond Convenience Center will be open all weekend including Labor Day, 7 a.m.–5 p.m. It is the only Center that takes storm debris in addition to regular trash and recycling materials. No coupons are needed for tree limbs and other vegetative debris until September 16. Proof of James City County residency is required.
- Toano Convenience center will follow normal operating hours, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. seven days a week. Closed on Labor Day.
- Tewning Road will open Tuesday, September 6, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. and will follow normal operating hours.
- Jolly Pond Road is now open to all traffic.
- 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.
Debris Curbside pickup
- Trucks will collect vegetative and storm-related construction materials from Hurricane Irene beginning September 6 on all public streets and private streets in gated communities in the County. There will be two collection passes to all affected areas – the September 6 pick up and a second pick up to be announced at a later time.
- All storm-related debris should be placed at the edge of property line at the curb or shoulder of the road, within 10 feet of the road. Avoid placing in the roadway. 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.
- 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 County Government Center, 101-E Mounts Bay Rd. from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. All fees will be waived and proof of storm damage is needed. For more information call 253-6620.
James City County operations/services
- The Emergency Operations Center is now closed. Citizens can continue to call Emergency Management at 564-2140.
- Those residents needing showers or air conditioning can visit the James City/Williamsburg Community Center at 5301 Longhill Road. As long as people do not have power, the showers will be available at the James City/Williamsburg Community Center, 5301 Longhill Road, 6am-9pm Mon-Thurs; 6am-8pm Fri; 9am-6pm Sat.; 1-6 pm Sun. The Community Centers are closed on Labor Day.
- Water is available by connection to a fire hydrant in front of the parking lot at Stonehouse Elementary, 3651 Rochambeau Drive and Matoaka Elementary, 4001 Brick Bat Road. Residents must bring their own containers.
- The following County parks are now open: Warhill Sports Complex, Mid-County Park, Skate Park, Jamestown Beach, Powhatan Creek, Chickahominy Riverfront Park
- Upper County Park is closed for the season.
- Curbside recycling will resume on Monday, September 5.
- 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.