Storm closes roads

Published 2:01 pm Friday, October 2, 2015

UPDATED 5 p.m.: The Virginia Department of Health announced Friday that the James River downstream to the Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel has been closed to shellfish harvesting due to the severe weather.

Heavy rainfall from storms and tidal flooding may wash animal waste and human sewage into tidal waters, resulting in the potential for microbiological and chemical pollution hazards that would make shellfish from these areas unacceptable for consumption.

UPDATED 4:20 p.m.: Tidal flooding is expected to affect portions of three roadways throughout the weekend.

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North Main Street in the 700 block at the Kimberly Bridge, East Constance Road in the 100 block, and Wilroy Road from the 2200 block to the 2700 block between Nansemond Parkway and Progress Road, may be partially closed or closed throughout the weekend during high tide, according to a city press release.

High tides are expected around 3 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday. It should wane by Monday afternoon’s high tide, according to the release.

The city is under a coastal flood warning.

Earlier: North Main Street is closed in both directions in the 700 block near the Kimberly Bridge because of high water, according to a city press release.

The flood is caused by tidal flooding that has worsened due to heavy rains. It may be an issue throughout the weekend during high tides, according to the press release.