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Resources for Hurricane Florence

As you are aware, Hurricane Florence is expected to make landfall in the southeast in the coming days. It is too early to know the precise track the system will take, but it is expected that Central Virginia will receive significant rainfall through the weekend, and flooding and heavy winds are expected. County, City, regional, and state partners are working together to prepare for this event.

Please take a few moments to review information below and create a plan to prepare for the storm.
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  • Create an emergency kit so you can shelter-in-place safely and comfortably. Please remember your four-legged friends!
  • Property owners and property managers can reduce the possibility of flooding by keeping all conveyances clear of debris and other obstructions. Remove debris from stormwater grates, inlets, the upstream ends of open pipes and culverts, and the outfall structures of detention basins and ponds.
  • Remove fallen tree limbs and other debris from channels upstream of pipes so this material doesn’t wash downstream and clog the pipes.
  • Secure any loose items outside of your home, including patio furniture and waste receptacles
  • For the latest weather information:

Stay Safe

  • Turn Around, Don’t Drown! Do not walk, swim, or drive through flood waters. Each year, more deaths occur due to flooding than from any other thunderstorm related hazard. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that over half of all flood-related drownings occur when a vehicle is driven into hazardous flood water.
  • In the event of high winds, take shelter in a storm shelter or an interior room, away from windows.
  • Only use generators outdoors and away from windows.
  • Listen for emergency information and alerts.
  • Evacuate if told to do so.
  • Resources:
  • Virginia Department of Health: Flood Water Safety
  • Red Cross: Before, during and after a flood

Know Who to Call and Where to Click

On Twitter, follow @CommEmerg, @VADOTCulp, @DomEnergyVA, @ACSAConnect, @AlbemarleCounty, @VDEM, @CvilleCityHall, @511NorthwestVa

Caption: County staff have been preparing for the anticipated heavy rains associated with Hurricane Florence – in part – by removing trash and debris from public stormwater conveyances, including outfall structures at dams and stormwater management facilities. Please take a moment to look at any stormwater structures on your property – drains, ditches, etc. – and remove any debris that may be blocking them.

This page will be updated as events unfold

UPDATE: September 11, 2018, 4:00 p.m.

Today, County Executive Jeff Richardson declared a Local Emergency in Albemarle County in anticipation of the potential impacts from Hurricane Florence.

A Local Emergency grants Albemarle County access to state and federal resources in order to address any public safety needs that may arise as a result of the anticipated storm and its residual effects. For more information on what a Local Emergency is, click here.

To view County Executive Richardson's Declaration, click here.

UPDATE: September 14, 2018 9:00 a.m.

Announcing City/County Sandbag Distribution

Though Hurricane Florence is expected to remain to our south, the local forecast continues to call for wind and rain. Please continue to monitor the forecast and take some time to secure your property and stock your emergency kits.
Sand & Sandbags
Albemarle County and Charlottesville would like to thank Luck Stone of Charlottesville for their generous donation of sand. Beginning Friday, September 14, at 7 am, Albemarle County and the City of Charlottesville will be providing free sand and sandbags for residents.  A distribution station has been established at Darden Towe Park, located at 1445 Darden Towe Park Road.  The station will be open to the public from 7 AM to 7 PM each day through the duration of the rain event or until supplies are exhausted.
  • Sand and sandbags will only be provided to residents of Albemarle County and Charlottesville (please, no business use)  
  • Citizens are advised to bring a shovel and a friend to assist with filling the 50-pound string-tied bags
  • A limit of 10 filled sandbags per vehicle
  • Wheelbarrows are available to assist with loading filled sandbags into vehicles

 In addition, sandbags (without sand) are also available for purchase from Martin Hardware Co. and Southern States. Allied Concrete has sand and pre-filled sandbags for purchase.

Area Closings

Currently, the City of Charlottesville, County of Albemarle, and Rivanna Solid Waste Authority facilities are all operating on their regular schedules.

Albemarle County Public Schools will close on Thursday at 6 p.m. to all activities. Please monitor the Charlottesville City Schools website for any changes ( A decision about City and County school operations has not been made at this time.


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