The Suffolk Department of Community Development advises that following the impact of two tornadoes that touched down in Suffolk early Tuesday morning associated with Tropical Storm Isaias, a total of 110 residential and commercial structures have been reported to have sustained damage ranging from minor (missing shingles, etc.) to total losses (not economically feasible to rebuild). Estimated damage values at this time are approximately $2.2 million dollars.
In addition to notifying private insurance companies, those who have had structures affected by this weather incident are asked to also please contact the Suffolk Department of Community Development at 514-4150 to report damages.
As storm clean-up continues, citizens are reminded of the following:
- Use caution or seek professional assistance when removing fallen trees, cleaning up debris, or using equipment, such as chain saws.
- Clean and disinfect everything that got wet.
- Air out enclosed spaces by opening all doors and windows whenever you are present and as security concerns allow.
- Be careful during clean-up. Wear protective clothing, use appropriate face coverings or masks if cleaning mold or other debris – and in this time of COVID-19 – and maintain a physical distance of at least six feet while working with someone else.
We all know the uncertainty surrounding hurricanes, but as evidenced by the destruction caused in our City even with the downgrade of Hurricane Isaias to Tropical Storm status, now is the time to take action and make preparations for what has been determined to be an active hurricane season this year.
Make sure you plan ahead and have your emergency kit prepared and stocked with sufficient supplies including food and water for each family member for at least five days, and include face masks and sanitizer during these COVID-19 times. Keep your cellphone charged, and get a charging device that doesn’t require electricity. A complete list of preparedness steps and links to important information can be found at www.suffolkva.us/607/Emergency-Management.
Take time now rather than when a storm is approaching to trim or remove damaged trees and limbs close enough to fall on structures and clear any clogged areas or debris to prevent water damage to your property.
Need tools or other items as you’re cleaning up from this storm? You can take advantage of the Virginia Sales Tax Holiday in effect today, August 7th, through Sunday, August 9th, to save on eligible hurricane and emergency preparedness products including portable generators, gas-powered chainsaws, chainsaw accessories, and other specified hurricane preparedness items. Get more information and price limitations at www.tax.virginia.gov/virginia-sales-tax-holiday.