Emergency Preparedness and Response

Emergency Preparedness & Response

The Department of Emergency Preparedness and Response consists of two divisions which are also the central point of contact for Emergency Management and Emergency Communications (911).

May 07

Team Norfolk – Coastal Storm Update (5/7/2022 at 7 pm)

Posted on May 7, 2022 at 7:45 PM by Daniel Hudson

Ladies and Gentlemen,

The NWS Wakefield Coastal Storm Briefing #3 is attached for your review, and as you can imagine, flooding remains the number one threat.  At least four consecutive impactful high tides, one particularly impactful given the timing with Monday afternoon’s rush hour traffic.

The latest report from Mr. John White with Public Works is as follows: “Tides were close on the last high tide; we plan to close the pedestrian gate near the bow of the USS Wisconsin at midnight tonight and reopen it at 9 a.m. Sunday morning.  We will monitor it on the subsequent high tides to see if we need to do anything for those High Tides.  We will coordinate closely with Nauticus and Half Moon on Monday.  We believe the Town Point and Nauticus gates can remain open unless conditions change substantially.

All else is a matter of constant messaging about using the WAZE app, not driving through floodwaters, and which parking garages people can use to keep their vehicles high and dry (i.e. York Garage and Brambleton Lot as well as ODU’s parking garages).

I will share more updates as they are received.

Thanks!

Jim Redick, Director

Norfolk Emergency Preparedness and Response

May 07

Team Norfolk – Coastal Storm Update (5/7/2022 at 9 am)

Posted on May 7, 2022 at 9:19 AM by Daniel Hudson

Good morning, Team –

Please find attached this morning’s update from the NWS: Coastal Storm Briefing #2.  Today we should expect to see another period of rain beginning this afternoon/evening and winds increasing during the overnight hours.

Previous forecasts had the overnight high tide (3:46 am) at a level of concern; however, that is no longer so.  Instead, the attached Tide Graph shows Sunday afternoon’s high tide (4:21 pm) and Monday’s at 4:44 am and 4:21 pm reaching the Moderate Flood Stage at 6’.  Remember, the hours given are when the tides peak; the periods of build-up and when the water begins to recede will also be in that flood stage.  Suffice it to say, ponding will be on the road during Monday afternoon’s rush hour traffic.

Norfolk Alert messages have gone out as well as posts on the City’s social media platforms.

Also, the Resilience Office confirmed that the WAZE app is working and, through the partnership with WAZE, RISE, and FloodMapp, will always provide flood alerts where predicted and when reported.

More updates to follow.

Thanks, everyone!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Jim Redick, Director                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Norfolk Emergency Preparedness and Response

May 06

Team Norfolk – Severe Storm and Costal / Tidal Flooding Update (5/6/2022 at 12 pm)

Posted on May 6, 2022 at 1:12 PM by Daniel Hudson

Team –

From Jeff Orrock, Meteorologist-in-Charge with the National Weather Service in Wakefield:

This is a link to the prototype  coastal / tidal flooding web interface I shared last week - Coastal Flooding Forecasts and Mapping

It shows our tide forecasts in addition to allowing the user to overlay flood extent maps based on flood category. The flood maps can be turned on and off at the bottom of the maps. The site is fully functional and working through the final approval process. Feedback would be great. Flood maps show the potential extent of flooding by flood category, but cannot take into account local effects from wave action and rainfall. They show pure potential tide extent. 

The attached image is a model forecast image of potential MAJOR flooding at Sewells Point. Note the prolonged duration of very high tides from late Sunday through early next week. This could be one of the most impactful tidal flood events we have seen across the lower Bay and Hampton Roads in some time.

Situation Update:

Please find attached the latest graphics related to the weekend’s weather and coastal flooding.  The Hourly Graph will show you when we should expect rainfall today and when the winds will pick up tomorrow night; the Tide Chart shows the problematic duration of coastal flooding.

NWS Coastal Storm Briefing #1. 

Floodgates:  Public Works anticipates closing the flood gates starting with the pedestrian gate at the bow of the USS Wisconsin and proceeding to Brooke Street by the Sunday afternoon High tides.  They will reach out to Nauticus and Half Moon this afternoon.    

Parking availability: General Services will allow City residents to park for free in the York Garage and Brambleton Lot from noon today until noon on Monday, May 9th, pending no reassessment of the flood potential or its continued effect on the neighborhood parking.  Our friends at ODU will make campus parking garages available to the greater community and suspend parking enforcement in these areas from 5 pm Saturday (after Commencement) through 5 pm Wednesday.  Thank you, Monarchs!!!

STORM: An incident has been created in STORM to help capture flood-related reports throughout the community.

Please stand by for additional updates and email EOC-Plans@norfolk.gov with any questions, comments, or concerns you may have.

Thanks, everyone!

Jim Redick, Director

Norfolk Emergency Preparedness and Response