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Rudee Inlet getting emergency dredging; local mariners warned of low water; people asked to stay awa

Emergency dredging began this morning at Rudee Inlet, but was halted due to conditions at the mouth of the channel, including high waves and swells. Crews are still in the inlet waiting to dredge, should conditions change that will allow them to work at the mouth of the channel.

Virginia Beach Public Works - Dredge Operations recently began emergency dredging of the shoaled area just outside the mouth of Rudee Inlet.

There is a report of a large pleasure craft running aground there and almost crashing into the rock jetty.

Crews will continue to operate until the shoaling condition is resolved or the sea conditions exceed the ability of the city's equipment.

A Notice to Mariners has been posted for the Rudee Inlet due to this shoaling.

Officials have asked that boaters keep a safe distance from the dredge, the discharge pipe, the anchor lines and other supporting equipment.

An aerial view of Rudee Inlet

at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront.

A 300-foot perimeter around the discharge pipe from the seawall to the surf has been established.

Heavy equipment will be operating on the beach in this area, so tourists and visitors are asked to stay out of the marked area.

A safety fence around the discharge pipe is being established.

The most current LNM from the USCG can be found at this link: https://www.navcen.uscg.gov/pdf/lnms/lnm05272018.pdf

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