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Humidity affects your hair and your home

Summers in Hampton Roads bring high levels of humidity, but the increased moisture in the air damages more than just your hair do.

Humidity can cause damages to your home.

Moisture problems in crawl spaces can produce condensation on walls and surfaces leading to mold and mildew.

To avoid these problems, leave foundation vents open to help the foundation to dry out. Crawl spaces should be covered with polyethylene or other thick solid vapor barrier to keep moisture from the ground out.

Humidity can also lead to condensation on water pipes causing mold and mildew problems. Insulating the inside of the tanks and outside of the pipe can prevent condensation.

If mold and mildew get into carpet or wood flooring, clean the area completely. If the damage is more extreme, floors may need replacement.

Lightning Safety Awareness Week:June 23-29

When thunder roars, go indoors! This lightning safety rule could save you from dangerous lightning strikes.

The week of June 23- 29 has been recognized as National Lightning Safety Awareness Week to educate and raise awareness about the hazards of lightening.

In the U.S., an average of 54 people are killed yearly by lightning with hundreds more being injured.

Although lightning is unpredictable, knowing safety guideline can reduce the risk of injury or death. Be prepared and familiarize yourself with the weather forecast before heading outside.

Lightning can strike as far as 10 miles away from its parent thunderstorm. This means if you can hear thunder, you are in striking distance.  

Seek shelter immediately and stay there until 30 minutes after the last sound of thunder. Stay away from windows and doors.

VDOT completes Hurricane Irene debris removal in all seven Hampton Roads counties

HAMPTON ROADS - The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and its contractor crews have completed debris-removal on state-maintained primary and secondary roadways in the following Hampton Roads counties: Greensville, James City County, Isle of Wight, Southampton, Surry, Sussex, and York County. Vegetative debris removal began after Hurricane Irene, on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2011, and was completed on Dec. 7, 2011.

Crews removed 224,849 cubic yards of vegetative debris and covered more than 2,611 lane miles of state-maintained right-of-way. Debris that remains in state-maintained right-of way is now the responsibility of the homeowner. Should arrangements for additional debris removal need to be made, citizens should contact county offices to schedule removal.

VDOT’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623) has agents available 24 hours a day to answer customer questions and record any reports of any road hazards.

Tickets for 11th Annual St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway

Hampton Roads, VA (January 18, 2011) – Tickets for the St. Jude Dream Home giveaway will be available beginning January 19, 2011 at TowneBank branches and Judy Boone Realty or by calling 1-800-851-5323. For more information, visit www.dreamhome.org.  Chesapeake Mayor, Dr. Alan Krasnoff will reserve the first ticket of the 11th Annual St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway campaign.
The St. Jude Dream Home house will be located at the Stony Run Manor subdivision in Chesapeake and is valued at approximately $500,000.

Fire destroys Newport News condominium

NEWPORT NEWS — Authorities are investigating the cause of a Sunday evening fire at a condominium complex in Newport News.

Lou Thurston, a spokesman for Newport News police, said two civilians and a firefighter were taken to the hospital after suffering injuries in the two-alarm fire at Daybreak condominiums, in the north end of the city.

Their conditions were unknown Sunday evening.