The Bulletin

Virginia planning to spend $55 million on hurricane preparation

By: - September 11, 2018 12:31 pm
Astronaut Rickey Arnold sees Hurricane Florence from the ISS. Credit: NASA
Astronaut Rickey Arnold sees Hurricane Florence from the ISS. Credit: NASA

The state is planning to spend about $55 million preparing for Hurricane Florence, said Del. Chris Jones, the House Appropriations Committee chairman.

Jones, a Republican from Suffolk, dropped the figure Tuesday as an aside during a meeting of the House’s school safety committee, citing a conversation earlier today with Secretary of Finance Aubrey Lane.

“I was on the phone this morning with the secretary of finance,” he said. “He was going to probably spend about $50, $60 million dollars just on preparations for the hurricane, open up three emergency shelters down in Hampton Roads because you have mandatory evacuations.”

A spokeswoman for Gov. Ralph Northam did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

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Ned Oliver
Ned Oliver

Ned, a Lexington native, has been a fulltime journalist since 2008, beginning at The News-Gazette in Lexington, and including stints at the Berkshire Eagle, in Berkshire County, Mass., and the Times-Dispatch and Style Weekly in Richmond. He is a graduate of Bard College at Simon’s Rock, in Great Barrington, Mass. He was named Virginia's outstanding journalist for 2020 by the Virginia Press Association.