County waives building permit fees for repairs to damage caused by Tropical Storm Michael

Staff writer

For James City residents who need to repair damages caused by Tropical Storm Michael, there’s a least one bright spot — building permit fees will be waived to repair damages caused by the storm.

Last month Tropical Storm Michael hit the region after making its landfall in Florida. The storm caused at least one tornado to touch down in James City, according to National Weather Service officials.

County officials estimated that the storm caused more than $1.6 million in damages to 32 buildings, James City Planning Director Paul Holt wrote in a memo to the Board of Supervisors Tuesday.

“The attached resolution would waive building permit fees for repairing those structures,” he wrote.

That same day at its regular monthly meeting, the Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to approve the resolution to waive building permit fees as part of the board’s consent calendar.

A tornado was recorded in the Norge area the night of Oct. 11. A National Weather Service meteorologist said it last about 10 minutes.

The storm knocked out power for thousands of Dominion Energy customers in the Historic Triangle. While no fatalities attributable to the storm were reported in Williamsburg, James City or York, Virginia State Police determined five people died as a result of the storm elsewhere in the state.

Jack Jacobs, 757-298-6007,, @jajacobs_

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