Rain and wind create headache for business on Sandbridge Road


VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — After a weekend of flooding frustration due to Friday’s severe weather outbreak, parts of Sandbridge Road are still covered by water.

Just this morning, parts of the road reopened after a good chunk of it was covered with water for two days. The constant winds pushed the bay into places it didn’t go in the past.

However, people who live and work along Sandbridge Road say the remaining water isn’t so bad.

With the forecast calling for wind and rain, employees at Siebert Realty knew the weekend could be a little bit tricky.

“We knew from the winds coming up from the south starting on like Thursday night that we were going to have a problem going into the weekend,” said Trent Scott, who has worked there for almost 10 years.

But what they saw surprised them.

“It just looked like there was no parking lot,” Scott said. More so, it looked like our office was turned into an island. They had to run fleets of a truck picking up coworkers and bringing us back here. It actually took about an hour to get everybody from the market over to Siebert.”

Scott says it was the worst flooding he’s seen in the last decade. 

“There’s just nowhere for the water to go,” he said. “Because it’s got the wind coming from one way, the rain coming from up top and there’s just nowhere for that water to run off.”

Just down Sandbridge Road, it was a similar story at Surf & Adventure Company.

“I saw fish swimming across the road on Saturday,” said Robert Lindauer, who owns the business and has been working there for decades.  “The water was all the way up to the building and you could see the water line on top of the kayaks and how high the water came.”

Lindauer says the flooding has become more frequent, but this was the worst he’s seen in the last decade as well.

“The water doesn’t have anywhere to go,” Lindauer said.  “As the wind blows the water up, it goes right on top of the groundwater and on top of us, and it seems like it’s getting easier and easier each time the wind blows for us to flood.”

The water is crucial to his livelihood, but he worries it may one day destroy it and everyone’s way of life.

“We have to come together as a community to tackle this,” Lindauer said.

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