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The latest on Hurricane Matthew

UPDATED Monday 10 p.m.: Here is the most up-to-date list of roadway closures:

  • 6800 – 6900 block Gates Road
  • Camp Pond Road from Gates Road
  • 3200-3400 block Desert Road
  • 7000 block Corinth Chapel Road
  • 200 block Dutch Road
  • Kings Fork Road from Lake Meade Drive
  • 1200 block Blythewood Lane
  • 2400 block Copeland Road
  • Badger Road from Whitemarsh Road to Hosier Road
  • Manning Bridge Road to Manning Road
  • 3100 block Desert Road from Clay Hill Road
  • Clay Hill Road
  • 2014 block Pittmantown Road
  • 8800 block Hosier Road
  • Lake Cohoon Road/N. Joyner Court

The following roadways remain restricted:

  • 5000 block Mineral Spring Road
  • 2500 block Airport Road
  • 900 block Murphys Mill Road from Pitchkettle Road to bridge over Lake Meade
  • Carolina Road – impassable at Dismal Swamp turnoff
  • 4400 block Girl Scout Road
  • 1500 block Manning Road
  • 800 block Freeman Mill Road
  • 4800 block Deer Path Road

UPDATED Monday 2 p.m.: Dominion Virginia and North Carolina Power crews have restored electricity to more than 70 percent of the 462,000 customers affected by Hurricane Matthew, according to a press release from Dominion.

As of 6 a.m. Monday, 136,600 customers remained without power. The majority are in southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina, where historic rainfall, high winds and saturated ground combined to cause extensive damage to roads, bridges and electrical infrastructure.

“Extremely hazardous flooding conditions and high winds over the weekend made it too dangerous to use bucket trucks and hampered our ability to initially make repairs at hard-hit locations,” the press release stated.

Now that conditions have improved, crews are out in force and will continue to focus on damage assessments and restoration to critical services such as 911 centers, pump stations and hospitals. There were 433 critical services affected by the storm and, as of Monday morning, 87 percent of them had been restored.

By midday Monday, Dominion anticipates having a projection of when storm restoration work will be complete for all customers.

The company has more than 2,300 people working to restore power, and that number will increase as 500 line workers returning from Florida are brought into service. Mutual aid from neighboring utilities also is being utilized.

“With the extensive damage in our Eastern Region, we expect restoration work there to take several days,” the release stated.

Dominion reminds customers to stay away from downed wires and trees making contact with wires. Stay at least 30 feet away and call 1-866-366-4357 right away.

The waters have receded across Suffolk, and a large number of roadways that had been previously impacted are now open.
The following is the most current listing of roadways that are currently closed:

  • Camp Pond Road from Gates Road
  • 6900 block of Gates Road
  • 3200 – 3400 block of Desert Road – impassable at the Great Dismal Swamp maintenance site
  • 7000 block of Corinth Chapel Road
  • 5600 block of Townpoint Road
  • 200 block of Dutch Road from the railroad tracks to Cumberland

The following is a listing of roadways that are currently restricted:

  • 5000 block Mineral Spring Road – one lane passable
  • 2500 block of Airport Road
  • 900 block of Murphys Mill Road from Pitchkettle Road to the bridge over Lake Meade
  • Carolina Road – impassable at the Dismal Swamp turnoff near Cypress Chapel
  • 4400 block of Girl Scout Road

Citizens can contact the Suffolk Police Department non-emergency number at 923-2350 for storm-related questions, or 514-7600 for non-emergency roadway-related issues.

UPDATED Sunday 11 p.m.: The city of Suffolk has declared a state of emergency in dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.

The National Weather Service has extended the flood warning to 8 a.m. Monday.

Due to the closure of Suffolk Public Schools, there will be no Parks & Recreation before or after school programs on Monday.

Citizens who have lost a pet during the storm should call Animal Control at 514-7855, according to a city news release. Owners can make a lost pet report, and staff will check it against animals that were brought in to the shelter.

Citizens can contact the Suffolk Police Department non-emergency number at 923-2350 for storm-related questions, or 514-7600 for non-emergency roadway-related issues.

The following listing of closed roadways may not be all inclusive, as situations are continuing to develop as a result of ground saturation and trees falling:

  • 3200-3400 block of Desert Road – impassable at the Great Dismal Swamp maintenance site
  • 7000 block of Corinth Chapel Road
  • 5600 block of Townpoint Road – tree and power lines down across roadway
  • 3800 block of Pughsville Road
  • 200 block of Dutch Road
  • 4900 block of Townpoint Road
  • Adams Swamp Road from Deer Forest Road
  • Kings Fork Road from Lake Meade Drive – tree and two power poles down across roadway
  • 1200 block of Blythewood Lane
  • 700 block of North Main Street at the Kimberly Bridge
  • 1400 block of Manning Road
  • 2500 block of Airport Road
  • Freeman Mill Road from the 200 block of Whaleyville Boulevard

The following roadways are currently restricted:

  • 1500 block of Wilroy Road
  • Indian Trail
  • 900 block of Murphys Mill Road from Pitchkettle Road to the bridge over Lake Meade – eastbound lane closed
  • Carolina Road – impassable at the Great Dismal Swamp turnoff
  • 4400 block Girl Scout Road
  • 1500 block of Manning Road
  • 800 block of Freeman Mill Road

UPDATED Sunday 4:30 p.m.: The Sentara BelleHarbour free-standing, 24-hour emergency department resumed full operations at 4:30 p.m. Sunday. It had closed Saturday night after suffering a power outage and generator failure.

Suffolk Public Schools announced Sunday it would be closed Monday. Essential personnel should report.

As of 2 p.m., nearly 8,000 Dominion Virginia Power customers and about 554 Community Electric Cooperative customers in Suffolk were without power.

Emergency crews and first responders have been conducting damage assessments throughout the city since dawn, according to a press release. They are requesting that citizens remain off the roads to allow Public Works crews and emergency personnel the ability to access areas without issues.

The Suffolk Police Department is also coordinating the towing of abandoned vehicles left on roadways from stranded motorists.

The following listing of closed roadways may not be all inclusive:

  • 2400 block of Copeland Road
  • Badger Road from Whitemarsh Road to Hosier Road
  • 1500 block of Manning Road
  • 4400 block of Driver Lane
  • 900 block Murphys Mill Road
  • Constance Road at Suffolk Hilton Garden Inn
  • 800 block of Wilroy Road
  • 2300 block of East Washington Street
  • 4600 block OKelly Drive
  • 5000 block Whaleyville Boulevard
  • East Washington Street at train trestle
  • 3000 block Indian Trail Road
  • Carolina Road at Great Dismal Swamp turnoff near Cypress Chappel Road
  • Manning Road from Manning Bridge Road
  • Pughsville Road from Shoulders Hill Road to the City line
  • 1000 block West Washington Street from Lipton Tea to bridge over Lake Meade
  • 100 block Manning Road from Ronald Drive to Springfield Terrace
  • 5000 block Mineral Spring Road
  • 3100 block Desert Road
  • Clay Hill Road
  • 500 block Little Fork Road
  • 2000 block Pittmantown Road

Additionally, the following roadways are currently passable but with restricted travel:

  • Manning Bridge Road/Holland Road
  • Nansemond Parkway/Bennetts Pasture Road – high water
  • Nansemond Parkway/Wilroy Road – high water – slow travel

UPDATED Sunday 9:20 a.m.: The Virginia National Guard plans to stage approximately 160 soldiers in the Hampton Roads area with Humvees, light/medium tactical trucks and chain saws to be ready to assist with possible flood response operations caused by Hurricane Matthew. The soldiers and vehicles are scheduled to be in place and ready to assist local law enforcement and emergency response organizations Sunday morning as part of the state’s multi-agency response.

“Multiple localities in the Hampton Roads area are requesting high mobility transport and debris reduction capabilities, and the Virginia Department of Emergency Management requested that we stage personnel with vehicles and chainsaws in order to rapidly respond if needed,” said Brig. Gen. Paul F. Griffin, director of the joint staff for the Virginia National Guard.

Expected missions for the Guard include using Humvees and light/medium tactical trucks to provide transportation through high water, Griffin said. The 4×4 light medium tactical vehicle, or LMTV, has a 2.5-ton capacity and the 6×6 medium tactical vehicle, or MTV, has a 5-ton capacity. Soldiers will also be organized into debris reduction teams with chainsaws.

UPDATED Sunday 9:15 a.m.: Dominion Virginia Power has about 285,000 customers without power and says customers should prepare for multiple days without electricity.

“We will not have accurate times of restoration until our crews are able to get better access to assess the damage,” Dominion spokeswoman Bonita Billingsley Harris stated in an email. “Our crews have been extremely limited in their ability to get to repair locations. Access should improve later in the day, and we have extra crews available to help from out of the area.”

Suffolk has experienced unprecedented rainfall, which has resulted in numerous road blockages due to high water and downed trees.

Roadway conditions continue to be dangerous given the weather conditions the city continues to experience, and citizens are urged to remain off the roadways, according to a city press release.

The following listing of closed roadways may not be all inclusive, as conditions throughout the city and amounts of rainfall vary and not all situations have been brought to the attention of Emergency Communications:

  • Carolina Road at the Great Dismal Swamp turnoff
  • 8800 block of Hosier Road
  • Shoulders Hill Road from Pughsville Road to Nansemond Parkway
  • Lake Cahoon Road/North Joyner Court
  • County Street/Mill Street
  • Copeland Road/Whaleyville Boulevard
  • 3100 block of Carolina Road
  • 1300 block of Holland Road
  • 2300 block of Wilroy Road
  • Nansemond Parkway/Bennetts Pasture Road
  • Turtle Pond/Mill Lake Road
  • 1000 block of West Washington Street

Additionally, the following roadways are currently passable but with restricted travel:

  • 3300 block of Holland Road – one lane westbound and eastbound are open in each direction
  • 3000 block of Holland Road – one lane is open in both directions
  • Murphys Mill Road/North Main Street – high water
  • Grove Avenue/Colonial Avenue – high water
  • Nansemond Parkway/Wilroy Road – high water/slow travel
  • Suffolk Police and Suffolk Fire & Rescue personnel have responded to numerous stranded vehicles and citizens with water in residences. City officials continue to encourage citizens to stay off of the roadways.

Approximately 27,000 households are currently without power in Suffolk, according to a city press release.

The Suffolk Visitor Center and the Suffolk Art Gallery will be closed Sunday.

The Suffolk Municipal Channel is currently off the air due to technical difficulties.

Citizens can contact the Suffolk Police Department non-emergency number at 923- 2350 for storm-related questions, or 514-7600 for non-emergency roadway-related issues.

Sentara BelleHarbour is still without power and not accepting patients after having suffered a power outage and generator failure about 11 p.m. Saturday night, a Sentara spokesperson said.

UPDATED Sunday 12:45 a.m.: Routes 460, 17 and 258 in Isle of Wight County are closed due to flooding, as well as numerous secondary roads.

UPDATED Sunday 12:20 a.m.: The James River Bridge is closed to southbound traffic, according to an email from VDOT.

UPDATED Saturday 11:50 p.m.: Sentara BelleHarbour free-standing emergency department on Bridge Road has suffered both a power outage and a generator failure and had to stop taking patients, Sentara spokesman Dale Gauding stated in an email.

Patients who were in the building when the outage happened were safely transferred to Sentara Obici Hospital on Godwin Boulevard, Gauding said. Anyone needing emergency care in Suffolk overnight Saturday should go to Sentara Obici Hospital or Bon Secours Harbourview or Maryview Medical Center in Portsmouth, whichever is closer, Gauding said.

Repairs are, or will be, under way as soon as possible, Gauding said.

UPDATED Saturday 11:45 p.m.: City spokeswoman Diana Klink said police and fire and rescue personnel “have assisted countless citizens that have become stranded in high water or drove into ditches since they couldn’t see the roadway.”

She said she was unable to get an exact count.

UPDATED Saturday 10:55 p.m.: Dominion Virginia Power reports about 5,400 Suffolk customers were without power as of 10 p.m., according to an email update from the Dominion spokeswoman Bonita Billingsley Harris.

About 100,000 are without power across Dominion’s service area, Harris added.

We have extra crews working in the impacted areas tonight with more coming in tomorrow,” Harris stated. “We appreciate everyone’s patience as our crews work hard to restore power as quickly and safely as possible.”

Harris added that people should assume all power lines are energized. Report them and stay at least 30 feet away, she said.

Dominion’s customer service line is 1-866-DOM-HELP.

Roadway conditions continue to deteriorate due to the extensive amount of rainfall experienced over the last several hours, with numerous roads throughout the city closed due to high water or downed trees, according to a city press release.

The following listing of closed roadways may not be all inclusive, as conditions throughout the city and amounts of rainfall vary and not all situations have been brought to the attention of Emergency Communications:

  • Bridge Road/Shoulders Hill Road
  • Shoulders Hill Road
  • 3300 block of Holland Road
  • Bennetts Creek Park Road/Shoulders Hill Road
  • Washington Street
  • Bradford Drive/Magnolia Drive
  • 3800 block Pughsville Road
  • Kings Fork Road/Lake Meade Drive
  • 9300 block Southwestern Boulevard
  • 800 block Longstreet Lane
  • Route 58 Eastbound/Portsmouth Boulevard/downed trees at the Weigh Station
  • County Street
  • 400-800 block Manning Road

Citizens are urged to remain off the roadways, as nighttime travel can be especially treacherous on flooded roadways.

Citizens can contact the Suffolk Police Department non-emergency number at 923-2350 for storm-related questions, or 514-7600 for non-emergency roadway-related issues.

UPDATED Saturday 7:10 p.m.: A flash flood warning is in effect for Suffolk.

UPDATED Saturday 5:50 p.m.: Suffolk is under a flood warning that is anticipated to last until Sunday morning, at the earliest.

About 2 to 4 inches of rain had fallen since early afternoon, with another 3 to 6 inches of rain possible, according to the National Weather Service.

“This will cause extensive and life threatening flooding across the region late this afternoon into tonight,” the advisory stated.

The National Weather Service urged people living near flood-prone areas to act now to protect themselves from flooding.

Drivers are also urged not to drive through flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles.

Suffolk also is under a coastal flood advisory, wind advisory and flash flood watch.

UPDATED Saturday 5:30 p.m.: The Suffolk Police Department advises of the following roadways that are currently closed due to high water:

  • 1300 block Holland Road
  • Driver Lane/Bennetts Pasture Road
  • 4400 block Driver Lane
  • 100 block East Constance Road
  • 700 block N. Main Street

Additionally, the following roadways are currently passable but have high water:

  • 1000 block Kenyon Road
  • 2500 block Airport Road
  • Driver Lane/Kings Highway
  • Bennetts Creek Park Road/Shoulders Hill Road
  • 1400 block Lake Meade
  • 300 – 600 block Great Fork Road
  • Old S. Quay Road/Holy Neck Road

Drivers are encouraged to use extreme caution, according to a city press release. Even if the water appears shallow enough to cross, don’t risk it. Do not drive through flooded areas. If you see a flooded-out road ahead, turn around and find another route to your destination. Six inches of water reaches the bottom of most passenger cars, causing loss of control or possible stalling.