City of Hampton preps for Hurricane Florence

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HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) — Hampton city leaders are gearing up for Hurricane Florence.

Public works crews are working to make sure ditches and storm water drains are clear.

Officials tell 10 On Your Side there are people working 12 hour shifts.

They are waiting to see where Florence is going to hit what impact it will have 

Fred Gaskins with the City of Hampton said they don’t want to wait until it he rain starts to fall and until the water starts to drain and it can’t get through. 

He said that is where flooding can be the worst.

“If we can clean these areas now, if we can get these drains cleaned now, that will help us avoid flooding as we move forward,” said Gaskins.

Over the weekend, parts of East Pembroke Avenue flooded after heavy rain.

Stephan Sterling says he’s lived in the neighborhood for 20 years. He says this is not the first time the area has flooded.

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“At least three feet of water is inside my house,” said Sterling. “It’s just crazy. This is our third time going through this. I’m tired of going through this process over and over again.”

Public works crews hit the streets Monday morning to clear ditches and prepare generators.

Each city department will develop an emergency plan for the storm.

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