UPDATE: Storm-Related Phone Line Established

Number For Non-Emergency Inquires On Sandy, Closings

Posted: October 29, 2012

HARRISONBURG — The City of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County has opened a public information telephone line for questions related to Hurricane Sandy and its effects on the central Valley.

Non-emergency phone calls may be made to 442-9111. The line opened at 1 this afternoon. Anyone with an immediate emergency should always call 911.

The non-emergency phone line is available for city and county residents who have questions about the impending storm, road closures and government office closings, according to Mary-Hope Vass, public information officer with the City of Harrisonburg.

“The purpose of this phone line is to alleviate the call volume to the Harrisonburg Rockingham County Emergency Communications Center,” Vass said in a press release. “We want to divert non-emergency storm-related questions so the ECC is fully prepared for any emergency-related calls.”

Hurricane Sandy is expected to deluge coastal areas of the mid-Atlantic and Northeast with a massive storm surge and potentially damaging winds. The storm is expected to strike a glancing blow at the central Valley but outages, road closures and flooding are possible. Further west, a blizzard warning is in effect for Pendleton and Grant counties in West Virginia. The potential for snow is greatest at the region's highest elevations.

All residents are encouraged to monitor local media outlets along with government-related websites for the most current information, Vass said.

For more information, stay with the Daily News-Record online for the latest on the storm. Residents can also click here to be directed to the city's web page with storm-related information.

To report power outages and downed lines, contact your provider:
Harrisonburg Electric Commission: 434-5361
Dominion Virginia Power: 1-866-366-4357 (1-866-DOM-HELP)
Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative – 1-800-234-7832

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