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Recovery from Matthew Continues
Recovery Update Provided at the City Council Meeting on October 18, 2016
During their Tuesday, October 18, 2016, meeting, the City Council received reports from Fire and Public Works leadership on recovery efforts following Hurricane Matthew. Information conveyed in this report was current as of that time.
Clean-up efforts following Hurricane Matthew are continuing, and the City of Chesapeake appreciates both your patience and your help as we tackle this immense process. Additional contract crews are being brought in to assist with trash removal, so you may see different vehicles collecting your debris and bulk waste. Crews will make multiple sweeps throughout the city to make sure everything is collected. It may take the crews several weeks to collect everything, but they are working as fast as possible.
There are several things you can do to help make the process fast and efficient:
• Separate your bulk trash (construction debris, etc.) and your yard waste (limbs, branches, etc.) into separate piles.
• Be sure the piles are away from things like mail boxes, utility poles or overhead wires.
• Piles must be along the curb-crews cannot go onto private property to make pick-ups.
• Household bulk trash piles no larger than 4’x4’x10’
• Yard waste piles no larger than 4’x4’x6’
• It is not necessary to call or go online to request storm-related bulk collections.
• All bulk collections not related to the storm are suspended until further notice.
If you have a root ball or stump from a downed tree on your property and you plan to grind it or remove it, you must contact Miss Utility first to have the area marked for underground utility lines. More Information: www.VA811.com or (800) 552-7001.
Volunteer Cleanup Assistance
Volunteers are available to assist with cleaning, demolition, construction, and other post-storm recovery needs. To request help simply call either Virginia 2-1-1 (dial 211 from any phone) or the non-profit group Crisis Clean-up (800-451-1954). Since everyone’s needs are different, these agencies will determine what types of help you need and connect you with volunteers willing to assist.
Things To Know About The FEMA Process
Requesting and qualifying for assistance from the Federal government is a complex process, for individuals and for the City as a whole. Some key things to remember are:
• No Federal disaster assistance is available yet; however, the City was included in the Governor’s application for assistance. A decision on that will take several weeks.
• Federal assistance is separate from insurance and volunteer help (see above). You should have already been in contact with your insurance representatives for claim filing.
• If you don’t have flood insurance, your homeowner’s policy may not cover damages. If this is the case, Federal assistance (if granted) may help.
The City is working closely with state and federal partners on the assistance request. We will provide updates on our website and through social media, as well as in the local media. If you do not have internet access, all Chesapeake Public Library branches can provide assistance.
Permit Fees Waived
The City has waived all permit fees for damages associated with Hurricane Matthew (building, electrical, plumbing, etc.), effective October 8, 2016. If a permit was issued after that date, a refund of fees can be requested. Permits are STILL REQUIRED for all work. For information on permits, the waiver, refunds, etc., please call 382-6890.
Homeowner's and Renter's Guide to Cleaning Up Mold After Disasters
City Tree Removal Policy
Flyer Distributed in Areas with Damage