Va. Hurricane Evacuation Plan Criticized

July 19, 2010

Local transportation officials say thousands of people could be stranded if a major hurricane hit Hampton Roads because the state's evacuation plan is inadequate.

According to state studies, it would take 36 hours to evacuate at-risk residents in South Hampton Roads. Rob Case with the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization says that time frame isn't reasonable.

Case says the state's plan would leave people stuck in vehicles for up to 30 hours. Their vehicles would either run out of gas or they'd turn around and go home.

Stephany Hanshaw with the Virginia Department of Transportation says the state is aware of the plan's deficiencies and is studying options.

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