Flood warnings issued for VB, parts of NE North Carolina


PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — Flood watches and warnings are in effect Wednesday as more rain is forecast to fall across the region.

Meteorologist Jeremy Wheeler says the rain was not as widespread Wednesday morning as it was Tuesday — although some areas experienced downpours. Showers are expected to be scattered throughout the day.

The National Weather Service issued flood warnings for Camden County, Currituck County and Pasquotank County that are set to expire at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday. A warning was also issued for Virginia Beach.

Consistent rain over the last handful of days — some of which was heavy — caused flooding in parts of the region, especially in Currituck County and southern Virginia Beach.

The conditions prompted several road closures. Virginia Beach officials opened an emergency shelter at Landstown High School to help impacted residents.

With less rainfall Wednesday morning, flood waters receded at places like Sandbridge Road.

Several roads in area of Camden and Pasquotank remained flooded Wednesday morning. A full list of the impacted roads was posted by emergency management officials on Facebook.

Stretches along the Outer Banks saw dramatic beach erosion this week amid the heavy showers. The beach on the north side of Jeanette’s Pier in Nags Head. was heavily eroded — creating an eerie sight.

To the north in Kitty Hawk, a WAVY viewer photographed a gap in the sand that appeared to have been created by draining rainwater.

“We knew it was supposed to rain but we didn’t think it was going to be like this so it was definitely a surprise to get here and see that everything’s under water,” said Outer Banks vacationer, Alex Benson. 

It’s been a wet several days for people in the Outer Banks. 

The rain water kept pouring leaving several secondary streets underwater. 

One man whose family visits throughout the year says the water even flooded the bottom floor of his vacation house Monday night.

“My daughter, granddaughter, friends were downstairs and they woke up and when they got out of bed they got in the water, that’s how they found out yesterday morning,” said Wayne Creasy.

Kitty Hawk Mayor Gary Perry says that’s why they started pumping the water out. 

Perry says they’ve placed pumps at stand pipes at Hallett Street and Starfish Lane, and it’s really helped. 

“It allows us to keep the infrastructure in the town sound, it allows us to keep the roads open for response, EMS Police say all those things that are necessary and keeps the town functioning,” said Perry.

The floodwaters even began rising up on 158 around noon, causing a traffic delay.

Take a look as cars had to dodge the right lane because of problem areas. 

“We’ve been coming here for 9 years continuously and this is the worst we’ve seen,” explained Creasy.

Officials in Kitty Hawk said Wednesday the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality had granted the town permission to pump flooded roadways. Pumping started in the area of Starfish Lane as well as Hallett Street.

Motorists were asked to use extreme caution when navigating North Carolina Highway 12.

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