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Riverwalk Trail covered by high waters, Danville residents fear its damage
Danville, especially the Riverwalk Trail, is covered by high waters and many people who stopped alongside to click pictures are worried about the possible damage the trail might see.
Numerous spots along Danville's Riverwalk Trail are submerged. Bounty on the Southside needed to get a glimpse. Long-term neighbour Ray Lawton was left confused taking a gander at the rushing waters. He and his significant other Patricia, stroll along the path frequently. Presently, they watch the waves behind the alert tape.
Virginia and Onsbey Presley likewise utilize the path now and again. They visit from Henry County to ride, on the weekends. They dread flooding could adversely affect the course.
Many people state this is the most exceedingly terrible flooding they've seen in Danville. While some despise it, not every person does.
Paul Hill says he fishes very frequently, and these conditions are the best time to get a fish. Slope says he's not stressed over Danville's future after the storm.
ABC 13 connected with the Department of Public Works about the harm they could see along the River Walk. Authorities there state it's too soon to tell, yet the division doesn't hope to see a lot.
Chief Rick Drazenovich says the greatest issue with flooding in February was the measure of sediment that harmed the path and said he doesn't see quite a bit of that with this flood.
Crews intend to investigate on Tuesday.
Local officials ready to reopen beaches from Friday
The beaches are almost ready for its reopening after lockdown.
Beaches in resort city will welcome visitors from Friday, as the beaches had remained closed for around two months for anything except exercising and fishing.
New signs are installed, which will remind people about social distancing and other safe practices.
The sand may be soggy, but the boardwalk is bright, and a breeze of summer is in the air.
Drew Lankford, the spokesman for the Public Works Department, said it’s a big day.
“It’s also different than what we’ve done in the past,” he said.
Visitors will sign to remind them of restrictions.
“People got to realize it’s not going to be business as usual but that doesn’t mean you can’t still go down there and enjoy yourself,” Lankford said.
The city is also preparing for the Memorial Day weekend apart from clean teams and beach ambassadors.
“We’re putting in some extra crews. We’re extending hours to have crews down there cleaning up. We’re putting extra trash cans on the beach,” Lankford said.
Lankford also said that the city is ready for Floatopia, the infamous event which made it to national news after people left the shore littered.
“Just in case, we’ve gone and made plans to have extra trash cans, crews down there checking on things, some dumpsters,” Lankford said.
Armed person threatening self-harm, arrested on Centerville Turnpike in Virginia Beach
According to the police, they reacted to the 1700 block of Centerville Turnpike in Virginia Beach for an armed person who was threatening to harm himself. The authorities informed that the man was arrested around 9:40 pm on Thursday and had first notified the public around 7:30 pm.
Virginia Beach Lifeguards are bringing additional resources to handle their part for the reopening on Memorial Day Weekend
As the City of Virginia Beach gets ready to revive seashores this Friday, the lifeguards who watch those seashores are prepared for the guests to return.
Lifeguards came back to their stands in Virginia Beach this year a weekend ago. They came equipped with additional gear to ensure themselves as well as other people during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Besides the typical red medical aid pack every lifeguard customarily carries, they're present including a blue pack loaded up with covers, sanitizer and soap.
Tom Gill, who is with the Virginia Beach Lifesaving Service said there's additionally sanitizer in all the ATVs, so once more, whenever anyone has that interaction, for instance, a float was utilized in a salvage, it will get splashed down.
Gill says the lifeguards will adhere to their obligation of watching the water for troubled swimmers. Upholding social separating rules on the seashore will be left to the new seashore diplomats the city made for that particular reason. Gill appreciates their effort of bringing extra resources to handle their side of things.
Stay-at-home directives not followed: crowds drawn towards the closed Virginia Beach Oceanfront
The Virginia Beach was crowded due to the warm weather, although it is considered closed according to the stay-at-home directives.
The Virginian Pilot reported that tents, beach blankets and umbrellas were setups near the water; families got snow cones, bought hermit crabs and cramped gift stores while bikers were also seen on the boardwalk.
As per the Gov. Ralph Northam’s first phase reopening plan, indoor gyms remain closed; beaches are off-limits, retail stores opened with limited capacity and restaurants are not permitted to provide indoor dine-in services. Northern Virginia, Richmond and Accomack County were granted two-week delay after the local officials remarked that it was very early to take a step forward, and no restrictions have been lifted in these places.
Newspaper reports reveal that people maintained distance and beach did not appear congested; the majority of the people on boardwalk wore masks. Kyla Thomas and his co-workers wore masks and gloves; they were distributing scones at an oceanfront concession stand. They revealed that it seemed to them as the beginning of summer and they were shocked to see the enormous crowd.
Northam not long ago said he put together his choice to revive concerning positive trends in crucial measurements identified with the infection’s spread, similar to emergency clinic preparation and testing limit. He repeatedly focused on the procedure being moderate.
Beauty parlours and hair salons will operate according to appointments and will have the option to work just if both the workers and customers put on masks. Entertainment venues, similar to amusement parks and bowling alleys, will remain shut.
Coronavirus Virginia Beach allowed to reopen for recreational activities on Friday, Northam says
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam gestures during a news conference at the Capitol Monday, May 4, 2020, in Richmond, Va. Northam announced a phase one opening of the state beginning May 15.
Social distancing and other measures must be obeyed, otherwise, Northam says he will close the beach for access again.
17 people are talking about this Activities not allowed at Virginia Beach during Phase One include, group sports, speakers, alcohol, tents and groupings of umbrellas, fishing on sandy beaches in the Resort area. Parking will also be limited to 50 per cent capacity.
All other beachfront areas will remain closed to recreational activities until Phase Two. Fishing and exercise are still allowed.
The governor allowed some nonessential businesses to reopen Friday in most of the state. However, Northern Virginia, Richmond and Accomack County were all granted two-week delays.
There are still severe restrictions in place during phase one. Keep scrolling for a full breakdown.
Some retail businesses will reopen with limited capacity, but indoor gyms would remain closed, beaches would remain closed to sunbathers and restaurants would still be prohibited from indoor dine-in service.