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Chesterfield County, VA – As the region works to recover from the effects of Hurricane Irene, here are some important things for Chesterfield County residents to know:

Ice is a convenience, not a lifesaving commodity like water or food.  Some localities may provide ice as a convenience, and private commercial entities sell ice for purchase. Virginians without power since Saturday’s storm need to know that ice will not keep food sufficiently cold for food safety.  Dry ice may be used to help keep perishable foods safe.  Twenty-five pounds of dry ice will keep a 10-cubic-foot freezer below freezing for 3-4 days. Use care when handling dry ice, and wear dry, heavy gloves to avoid injury.

If you would like to donate canned or other non-perishable foods to those who need them, you may drop them of at your local Chesterfeld County library branch.  Once foods have been collected, the county will announce times when those who need them may pick them up at the branches.

Volunteer organizations will distribute 1,000 meals at 11am and 1,000 meals at 5pm on Tuesday, Aug 30th at Bermuda Baptist Church, 13912 Jefferson Davis Highway and LaParade Library, 9000 Hull Street Road for those in need of meals.

Chesterfield County’s Circuit Court and General District Court will be open on Tuesday, August 30th for normal operating hours.

Local electrical power companies are working hard to restore power. Dominion VA Power indicates that all outage areas will be ticketed by Wednesday, August 31st with estimated restoration dates.  Please be patient and recognize the scope of work the power companies have as they work to restore power to all customers.

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