Hurricane Matthew

Don Rush

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Virginia Department of Health has ordered the emergency closure of thousands of acres of shellfish harvesting waters to avoid potential contamination from Hurricane Matthew-related flooding and sewage spills "likely containing pathogenic bacteria and viruses."

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports  the closures are effective until the end of the month. An additional 80,000 acres of oyster grounds are in "restricted status," meaning harvesting is subject to rainfall and monitoring results because of potential pollution.

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - For some neighborhoods in Virginia Beach, the long recovery from flooding caused by Hurricane Matthew is just beginning.

On Saturday, emergency management crews and other officials toured several communities where homes were damaged.

Virginia Beach emergency manager Erin Sutton says the teams saw more than 600 homes, and about 100 sustained major damage. Some had more than a foot of water inside. Many homeowners whose property was damaged did not have flood insurance.

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A group of Maryland firefighters will be on their way to North Carolina to help in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.

They are coordinating with the Lumberton fire company in North Carolina.

WBOC reports that they are seeking supplies that range from bottle water, canned goods and baby food to garbage bags heaters and generators.

In addition, they are in need of plastic silverware and cups as well as cleaning supplies.

Marylanders can drop off their donations at locations in the towns of Stevensville, Grasonville, Centreville and Easton.  

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SUFFOLK, Va. (AP) - Crews have recovered the body of a Suffolk man who went missing on his way to work amid Hurricane Matthew.

City officials said in a news release that 53-year-old Derek Cason's body was found Wednesday in the water near Constant's Wharf.

Authorities say Cason was last seen Sunday morning after getting dropped off not far from the McDonald's where he worked.

Investigators believe Cason had been walking along a road in the area when he was swept away in heavy tidal flooding caused by the hurricane.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe has declared a state of emergency to ensure Virginia agencies can help the states bearing the brunt of Hurricane Matthew.
 
Forecasters say Virginia will be spared the worst of the storm that scraped Florida's Atlantic coast early Friday. Virginia could still see some heavy rain from the Hurricane and experience flooding in coastal areas.
 

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While Delmarva is not expected to experience the kind of weather from Hurricane Matthew that has hit Florida events around the peninsula have been canceled or altered due to the expected rain.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Women Supporting Women has called off its annual awareness fundraiser for tomorrow morning because the wet conditions at Winterplace Park.

The organization says it will hold another event on October event at Salisbury City Park.

Meanwhile, Sea Gull Century bike ride has altered its route for Saturday due to flooding conditions.

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As Hurricane Matthew approaches from the south those along the Delmarva Coast line are getting prepared.

In Rehoboth Beach officials began removing 175 benches along the boardwalk and Rehoboth Avenue.

Tony Pratt, Delaware’s state shoreline and waterway administrator, told the Wilmington News Journal that for the moment the storm is expected to be well south of the Delmarva Peninsula.

But he adds there is still great uncertainty.

High winds, storm surge and big waves are the main concern.