VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Tropical Storm Isaias’ impacts may have been relatively tame in Virginia Beach compared to other storms, but southern sections of the city faced a recurrent enemy Tuesday morning: flooding caused by southern winds pushing water in from Back Bay.
The Virginia Beach Police Department closed Sandbridge Road around 10 a.m. due to the flooding, which was “awful,” a resident told 10 On Your Side. A detour through the Dam Neck base was set up before the flooding subsided.
Many were still in the dark following Tropical Storm Isaias, including Sandbridge.
Residents said power went out around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.
Fran Dennis, who owns and operates the Sandbridge Seaside Market with her husband, said they were surprised the power went out.
“It wasn’t too bad last night,” she said. “It was windy, but it wasn’t that bad. That’s why we’re surprised the power is out.”
The store usually closes during power outages, according to Dennis, but they decided to stay open to sell ice and donuts, which were made before the outage.
“Ice melts over time. Donuts aren’t good after one day so we decided we could try to get what we could get to sell it,” she said.
The store saw a steady stream of people coming to get supplies.
One of them was Ryan O’Malley, who’s vacationing from Ohio. O’Malley said he arrived on Sunday and knew about the tropical storm, but didn’t want to change plans.
Tropical Storm Isaias was the first tropical storm or hurricane for him.
“It woke me up. I was kind of nervous because we were on the beach, but it wasn’t too bad,” O’Malley said.
With the power being out, O’Malley said he would probably spend the rest of the day fishing and hoping that the lights would be on soon.
Dennis also agreed.
“I want my power back on right away,” she laughed.
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