Richmond City issues update after Tropical Storm Michael

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The City of Richmond is now cleaning up after Tropical Storm Michael and asking residents to take steps to address ongoing power outages, property debris and other post-storm safety concerns.

A flood warning remains in effect until 5:00 p.m. Sunday, October 14, and the James River will remain closed until river levels subside. Residents and visitors planning to attend the Richmond Folk Festival or other events occurring in close proximity to the James River are asked to exercise extreme caution while participating in weekend festivities.

The City of Richmond’s Department of Public Works (DPW) is now extending resources to collect storm debris. City officials request residents bring debris from your properties to the curb and to please be patient as DPW employees work to collect storm debris from across the city as quickly as possible.

Dominion Energy is working to have all power restored by Monday evening and all power to city schools by Sunday. Residents still without power are asked to take precautions to preserve food and refrigerated medicines and/or to know when refrigerated and frozen items become unsafe. Some tips:

Keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible. When refrigerator and freezer doors remain unopened, food will stay cold and remain safe to consume for about 4 hours.

Questions or concerns regarding medicines should be directed to a pharmacy, your doctor’s office or other medical professionals.

Once power is restored, check the temperatures inside your refrigerator and freezer. If the freezer thermometer reads 40° F or below, the food is safe and may be refrozen. If your freezer does not have a thermometer, check each package of food to determine its safety. Please do not rely on appearance or odor. If the food still contains ice crystals (or is 40° F or below), it is safe to refreeze or cook. Discard any perishable food (such as meat, poultry, fish, eggs or leftovers) that has been above 40° F for two hours or more.

More information is available from foodsafety.gov for refrigerators and freezers here and here.

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