Virginia Beach and Norfolk declare state of emergency amid flooding from Matthew

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - The cities of Virginia Beach and Norfolk have each declared a state of emergency, allowing them to call on state and federal resources, according to a Sunday morning news release.

Heavy rains and tidal flooding from post-tropical cyclone Matthew have caused widespread flooding through the overnight hours.

The city has opened a shelter for residents who need it at Norview High School in the area. Residents were asked to bring personal items to the shelter, as well as medications, sleeping bags, blankets and snacks.

Officials say you should stay off of the roads unless you absolutely have to use them. A majority of the 911 calls dispatchers have been getting have been for stranded vehicles, according to city officials.

The city is expected to experience more flooding during the upcoming high-tide cycles.

As a result of the storm damage, 160 Virginia National Guard soldiers have been deployed to the area with Humvees, light/medium tactical trucks and chainsaws in an attempt to assist in the flood response.

The soldiers are due to be in place by Sunday morning.

Soldiers are expected to be using their vehicles to provide transportation through the high water while also helping clear debris.

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