VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – Hours before Tropical Storm Michael was expected to hit Hampton Roads, it was already causing trouble in Virginia Beach.
A south wind from the storm pushed water levels up in the Pungo and Back Bay areas of the city.
Horn Point Road was already closed by Thursday afternoon.
The following roads are also partially flooded:
- N. Muddy Creek Road from Charity Neck to Gum Bridge
- Pleasant Ridge from Charity Neck to N. Muddy Creek
- Pungo Ferry Road from Princess Anne to Blackwater
- Mill Landing from Stone Road to the end of Mill Landing at the bay
City officials say it is only going to get worse as Michael gets closer. As roads close, Public Works crews will be out monitoring conditions and posting signs. If you approach high water, do not risk driving through it. Turn around.
Crews have been prepping for anticipated flooding all week, checking debris fences, clearing out culverts and lowering water levels in lakes.
Some residents are planning to temporarily leave the area so they don’t get stuck.
“‘I’m literally about to leave and go to Virginia Beach, like the mainland area because I’m not staying out here,” explained Pungo resident Casey Burns. “I can’t do it I don’t have a truck. You know I’ve got low cars, I’m going to go stay at a friend’s house or something so I don’t miss work.”
All of the city’s mobile pumping systems are on standby to be used if or when they are needed.