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Most Virginia Beach residents are free to run the dishwasher, do laundry and flush the toilet after every use.

In a release issued Friday, the city lifted most water restrictions that had been in place since Hurricane Matthew hit Hampton Roads with heavy rain and flooding last weekend. Since then, officials had asked residents to curtail indoor water use — including the dishwasher, laundry and flushing the toilet — because rain from the storm had strained the city’s sanitary sewer system. Now, with two exceptions, the restrictions are no longer in place.

“Public Utilities crews have been working around the clock to restore sanitary sewer service throughout the city,” according to a release.

Water restrictions remain in effect south of Tuna Lane in Sandbridge and in homes and communities around the intersection of Princess Anne and Holland roads, including Litchfield Manor, Highcourt, Princess Anne Quarter, the 2300 block of Princess Anne Road and the 2200 block of Holland Road.



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Joan Quigley is a former Miami Herald business reporter, a graduate of Columbia Journalism School and an attorney. Her writing has appeared in the Washington Post,, and Talking Points Memo. Her recent book, Just Another Southern Town: Mary Church Terrell and the Struggle for Racial Justice in the Nation’s Capital, was shortlisted for the 2017 Mark Lynton History Prize. Her first book, The Day the Earth Caved In: An American Mining Tragedy, won the 2005 J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award.