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Chincoteague Cancels Evacuation Order for All Non-Residents

Posted: Sep 13, 2018 2:16 PM -04:00 Updated:
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CHINCOTEAGUE, Va.- Even though a state of emergency is still in effect for the Town of Chincoteague due to Hurricane Florence, the town has  canceled its evacuation order for all non-residents. Effective at noon Thursday, the island was open to all residents and visitors. 

Chincoteague's Emergency Management Services officials said in a release that Florence remains a large and powerful storm and due to its size the Chincoteague area may still receive impacts. However, officials noted that forecasts are starting to show less impacts than originally predicted.

Even though impacts appear to be less than originally forecast, residents
and visitors are advised to still prepare for tropical storm wind gusts, heavy downpours, tidal flooding (saltwater) with possible road closures and power outages.

Residents and visitors of the south end of Chincoteague Island (Inlet
View Campground, Ocean Breeze Trailer Park, Bay Front Travel Trailer
Park and Bunker Hill Camping Area) need to prepare for saltwater
flooding. Large swells through the Chincoteague Inlet and high tides will
make this area much more likely to flood.

The Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge and the Assateague Island
National Seashore are closed until further notice.

Anyone who had planned to travel to the island for a scheduled event
should check with the event organizer before doing so, as many events
have been cancelled through the weekend.

For updates go to www.chincoteague-va.gov

 

 

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