VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Severe storms mean one thing for Pungo residents — flooding.
Friday night’s storms were no different, but motorists aren’t traveling through built-up rainwater. The flooded roads are a result of southwest winds that cause the waterways to blow into the roadways.
“It actually started yesterday before the storm even hit. Everytime we get the wind, like I say, we’re flooded,” explained Pungo resident, Allen Tomalonis.
Residents like Tomalonis are all too familiar with the flooding caused by these winds in the area.
“A cop came down with his siren a little while ago, went by everybody and stopped, turned around and had to go the other way because he couldn’t even make it through it,” explained Tomalonis.
The flooding cuts off major roadways in the area, leaving motorists no choice but to avoid it altogether. Most residents know to avoid these roads, but it can be especially dangerous for those who aren’t familiar.
“I know that Indian River and West Neck and Pungo Ferry is going to flood. It’s just a given. And then headed south, in some of those deeper curves, there’s places where it spills over. That’s where it’s the most dangerous,” added Pungo resident, Patrick Mcatamney.
Dangerous or not, some people still risked it and pushed through flooded roads that had six to eight inches of water across them.
Mcatamney says one of his biggest concerns that comes with the roads in the area that are the speed limits of 45 to 55 miles per hour, especially when it’s dark.
“You can hit those and it’ll, one, drag you into the ditch because it grabs the wheel, so you’re all the sudden — it’ll throw you right in the ditch or all of a sudden you’ll realize you’re in the water and your instinct will make you go into oncoming traffic, so it is dangerous from that point-of-view. Epecially on Princess Anne Road,” said Mcatamney.