Inclement Weather Information
When under the threat of serious weather, the Town of Christiansburg will use this page to update residents and visitors with preparedness information, shelter availability and impacts to Town services. In addition to this page, we will post information via Notify Me, Citizens Alert, on Facebook and on Twitter.
- Sign up for Citizens Alert to receive automatic weather alerts from the National Weather Service and emergency communications from the Town.
- Sign up for Notify Me (specifically "Home - News & Announcements") to stay informed on program cancellations and impacts to Town services.
- Tune in to local news and radio stations for updated forecasts.
- For Montgomery County Public School closings, sign up at http://forms.mcps.org/delayclosing.asp.
Winter Weather, Dec. 8-10
Snow is in the forecast for the Town of Christiansburg this weekend, Dec. 8-10.
- Public Works crews are pre-treating roads on Friday, Dec. 7, and are currently planning to begin 24-hour snow removal operations at 2 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9. That schedule will adjust as necessary depending on the forecast, and crews will continue removal operations until the weather event has concluded.
- Learn about the Town's winter weather and snow removal procedures.
- The Christiansburg Recreation Center is closed Sunday, Dec. 9. All scheduled programs have been cancelled.
- The Christiansburg Aquatic Center is closed Sunday, Dec. 9, for a swim meet and will remain closed after the meet concludes in the morning.
- Both facilities plan to follow their inclement weather policies for tomorrow, Monday, Dec. 10, meaning since Montgomery County Public Schools are closed, both facilities will wait until 8 a.m. to open.
Due to inclement weather, Public Works has suspended garbage collection for Monday, Dec. 10. Garbage normally collected on Mondays will be picked up on Tuesday, Dec. 11, along with Tuesday's regular collection. Monday and Tuesday garbage customers should place their carts outside by 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 11.
Before and during winter weather:
Please do not park on the street, if possible, when snow is in the forecast so that roads remain clear and open for plows.
- Gather supplies in case you need to stay home for several days without power. Keep in mind each person’s specific needs, including medication. Do not forget the needs of pets. Have extra batteries for radios and flashlights.
- Create an emergency supply kit for your car. Include jumper cables, sand, a flashlight, warm clothes, blankets, bottled water, and non-perishable snacks. Keep the gas tank full.
- Stay off roads. If trapped in your car, stay inside.
- Stay indoors and dress warmly.
- Avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. Only use generators and grills outdoors and away from windows. Never heat your home with a gas stovetop or oven.
- Listen for emergency information and alerts.
- Look for signs of hypothermia and frostbite.
- Check on neighbors.
If you lose power, please contact your power company:
- Appalachian Power: 1-800-956-4237
- View a current outage map and report outages online.
- What to do when the lights go out.
Water/Sewer Service Interruptions
If your water or sewer service is interrupted or you need to report a water line break or sewer issue, please contact Public Works. From 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday-Friday, you can contact Public Works at (540) 382-1151. On the weekends or after hours, please call the regional, non-emergency dispatch number at (540) 382-4343, and dispatchers will inform our on-call crews.
Our Public Works crews need to know about the following issues when you see them:
- Streets blocked by debris
- Trees down within the right-of-way
- Drainage inlets blocked
- Traffic signal issues
From 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday-Friday, you can contact Public Works at (540) 382-1151. On the weekends or after hours, please call the regional, non-emergency dispatch number at (540) 382-4343, and dispatchers will inform our on-call crews.
Hurricane and Flood Preparedness
- Elevate critical utilities, such as electrical panels, switches, sockets, wiring, appliances and heating systems.
- Waterproof basements and make sure your sump pump is working. Install a battery-operated backup in case of a power failure.
- Clear debris from gutters and downspouts. Remove anything that could block the flow of water in roadside ditches, including leaves, grass clippings, lawn debris or trash.
- Anchor any fuel tanks.
- Move furniture, valuables, and important documents to a safe place.
- If you know your home or business floods during heavy rains, consider installing a row of sandbags, at least two feet high, around all home and business entrances.
- Park your vehicle on higher ground.
- Secure any outdoor objects that could become airborne during strong hurricane winds, including patio umbrellas, lawn furniture, flower pots, children’s toys, etc.
Gather items for an emergency kit
- Water - one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
- Food - at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
- Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
- First aid kit
- Extra batteries
- Whistle to signal for help
- Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
- Manual can opener for food
- Local maps
- Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery