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.
Jim Redick, Director
Norfolk Emergency Preparedness and Response