Parking garages in Hampton Roads open to public ahead of Hurricane Dorian’s arrival

Posted: 11:17 AM, Sep 05, 2019
Updated: 2019-09-06 16:08:50-04
Parking garages in Hampton Roads open to public ahead of Hurricane Dorian’s arrival

Newport News

Newport News city officials say the Fountain Way and Merchants Walk parking garages in City Center are available for Newport News residents in low-lying areas to park their vehicles.

Times and dates for the garages' openings and closings were not provided.


The City of Norfolk is opening six parking garages to the public beginning 6 p.m. Thursday so that residents can move their vehicles to higher ground.

Residents are asked not to park in reserved spaces, and must remove their vehicles by noon Saturday, September 7.

  • York Street Garage, 215 West York Street - full as of Friday, September 6
  • Fountain Park Garage, 130 Bank Street
  • Main Street Garage, 230 East Main Street
  • Freemason Street Garage, 161 West Freemason Street - full as of Friday, September 6
  • West Plume Street Garage, 135 West Plume Street
  • Town Point Garage, 110 West Main Street

Old Dominion University will open all of its parking garages to Norfolk residents at 5 p.m. Thursday. The garages will close to residents at 8 a.m. Monday, September 9, and at that time parking permit and meter payment requirements in campus parking facilities will resume as normal.

Pace bikes and Lime scooters will be temporarily out of service and removed Thursday evening.


The City of Portsmouth is known for its high flood levels during serious storms, so city leaders are taking action.  Select city parking garages in Portsmouth will be opened to the public for vehicles in low-lying areas during Hurricane Dorian.

  • County Street, 200 County Street
  • Harbor Court, 2 Harbor Court
  • Middle Street, 441 Middle Street
  • Water Street, 550 Water Street

The city parking garages opened up to the public at 8 a.m. Thursday morning. People will be able to leave their vehicles in the garages until 7 a.m. Monday morning. City leaders are asking residents not to park in any 24-hour reserved parking spaces.

Please use second-floor parking spaces to avoid flooding and also observe garage clearances: County: 7', Harbor: 6'2", Middle: 6'10" and Water: 6'10".

Virginia Beach

The City of Virginia Beach is opening emergency off-street parking in Oceanfront and Town Center garages beginning at 5 p.m. Thursday for Virginia Beach citizens with proof of residence.

Oceanfront lots that will be open include:

  • 19th (N) – 300 19th Street
  • 19th (S) – 301 19th Street
  • 4th – 306 4th Street
  • Rudee Loop – 104 Atlantic Avenue
  • 2nd – 145 Atlantic Avenue
  • Croatan – 920 Vanderbilt Avenue

All surface parking lots at the Oceanfront owned by the city will be closed beginning Thursday. They will reopen on Saturday or after the storm passes.

Town Center lots that will be open include:

  • Maroon Garage (Dick's Sporting Goods) – 4621 Columbus Street
  • Red Garage (Westin Hotel) – 4535 Commerce Street
  • Green Garage (Armada-Hoffler Tower) – 222 Central Park Ave

The city said no parking is available in the 24-hour reserved spaces, which are leased by residents. Towing will be enforced. Be advised that if the garages lose power, the lighting and elevators will be inoperable.

The garages will close at noon Saturday, September 7 depending on weather conditions.


The City of Williamsburg will open the Prince George Parking Garage beginning at 8 p.m. Thursday. The garage will close again at 8 p.m. Friday.

"We understand that there is going to be significant wind and rainfall during the storm, and want to offer our parking garage as a safe place for residents to park their vehicles during the storm," the City said in a statement.

York County

York County Public Affairs announced that McReynolds Athletic Center, located at 412 Sports Way, and Chisman Creek Park, located at 1314 Wolf Trap Road, will be available for residents to park their vehicles, boats and RVs.

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