Coastal Storm Update, State of Emergency in Town of Colonial Beach, Virginia
Due to the coastal storm on Friday, October 29, 2021, Town Manager India Adams- Jacobs, as Director of Emergency Management for the Town of Colonial Beach, declared the existence of an emergency (see the attached Declaration.) Town officials and staff are collaborating with Westmoreland County Emergency Services and Virginia Department of Transportation to enact all possible safety measures. Despite major flooding of the Potomac River and Monroe Bay, there was only one call for service from Colonial Beach Vol. Fire Squad for a related electrical fire and no loss of life.
Public Utilities, Public Streets and Associated Right-of-Ways
Access to storm-damaged areas that impact Public Utilities, Public Streets and associated Right-of-Ways, may be restricted to emergency and recovery personnel and associated vehicles until such time as deemed safe. Pre-authorized contractors, if retained by the Town for right-of-way recovery services, will be permitted restricted access to the area(s) as coordinated with the Town of Colonial Beach Public Works Department. Private property contractors will be allowed in the area(s) as restrictions are lifted.
Please stay off the boardwalk and other places where public works cleanup is underway.
Post-storm cleanup efforts include the placement of dumpsters for public debris drop off. Dumpsters are for debris ONLY. Do not bring household trash for dumping. Debris drop off is available Saturday, October 30 starting at 3 pm until Wednesday, November 3 at 5 pm. Drop off locations are Wilder Ave Parking Lot, Castlewood Park parking lot, and Irving Ave Range Station.
On Sunday, October 31, in collaboration with Dahlgren Naval base, approximately 20 naval base personnel will be assisting town staff along the beach and some public right of ways, so please be careful of pedestrians along the sides of the roads participating in cleanup efforts.
In addition, Town of Colonial Beach Public Works crews will be conducting a double route trash pickup on Monday, November 1 for residents whose regular trash route is Monday and Tuesday, due to the Election Day holiday on Tuesday, November 2. Regular trash pickup will resume on Wednesday, November 3.
We will continue to keep you informed every step of the way. Residents are urged to check for updates frequently on the Town’s website, www.colonialbeachva.net, or the Town’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/TownofCBVA.
Informational messages and emergency communications are sent to citizens via Code Red telephone messaging service, email service, text messaging service and/or TDD service. Sign up for Code Red alerts on the Town’s website, .