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Hurricane Preparation

Hurricanes typically bring heavy rain and subsequent flooding. Petroleum storage tank owner/operators across the commonwealth should prepare their tank systems for these storm events to prevent petroleum releases. Owners of private well systems can also take measures to protect their drinking water supply during and after hurricanes.

For Regulated Tank Owners 

For detailed information on preparing your tank system for hurricanes and severe rain events, refer to this EPA document Underground Storage Tank Flood Guide. A call to our DEQ Regional Office Tank Staff can also be a valuable resource for making preparations before the event.

Regulated tank owners (AST and UST) may want to consider securing their inspection records off-site in the event the office floods.  Unusual operating conditions for ASTs or USTs during and after the storm should always be reported to DEQ in case a petroleum release has been inadvertently caused by storm waters.

For Homeowners

Preparation may include securing an Aboveground Storage Tank so that it doesn’t float away or fall over, or making sure all fill caps on Underground Storage Tanks are tight.  If your tank spills or overflows, refer to the contacts below.

The Virginia Department of Health and Virginia Cooperative Extension have resources for protecting and restoring your drinking water well during the storm. Call your local health department or extension agency for more information about private drinking water wells.

How to Report a Petroleum Release from a Tank or Other Source

To report environmental damage from a petroleum release, during normal business hours, call either the DEQ Regional Office Tank Staff or the Pollution Response Program Office Contact for the area where the incident occurred. Outside business hours, call the Virginia Department of Emergency Management 24-hour hotline at (800)468-8892 in-state / (804) 674-2400 out-of-state. You can also use the Pollution Response web portal to report environmental damage. 

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Virginia Department of
Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 1105
Richmond, VA 23218
(804) 698-4000

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