City points to clogged drain as reason for prolonged flooding in one Norfolk community


NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A clogged drain may have caused stormwater to pond for hours last Friday in one Norfolk neighborhood and the city said it could easily happen again. 

On Friday afternoon, the Bay View neighborhood saw a little more than one inch of rainfall in a matter of hours, according to the National Weather Service. Several streets flooded up to the floorboards of most cars. 

“Every time it rains hard, really hard, it floods,” said Cathy Rantanen who has lived on Beach View street for more than 20 years. “It’s just taking a very long time to recede this time.”

“This is what happens when people carelessly throw garbage down our storm drains,” said Lori Crouch, a spokeswomen for Norfolk city government. 

On Friday, crews responded to Oak View Avenue and Beach View Street to reports of flooding, according to Couch. She said after a drain was cleaned out, the water began to recede.

“Our sewer system is connected underground in many ways and an issue in one spot can affect a larger area,” Crouch said. 

She asked neighbors to do more to keep the drains clear and to make sure garbage doesn’t make its way down there. 

The city has recently started an Adopt-A-Drain program in another neighborhood and plans to expand it.

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