Flood warning for Hampton Roads expires, several roads still closed

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PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — A flood warning issued for most of the Southside and southern Peninsula on Friday morning has expired, with rains finally moving out after leaving several spots across the area underwater.

The National Weather Service says 3 to 6 inches of rain fell across Hampton Roads after remnants of Hurricane Sally met up with a cold front. The flood warning expired at 12:15 p.m. Friday. Floodwaters had receded in several spots, including off Monticello Avenue in Norfolk, but standing water still remained across the region.

According to the National Weather Service, Norfolk remains in a Coastal Flood Warning through the weekend. 

10 On Your Side was there on E. 9th Street and Monticello in Norfolk when Scott Mitchell pulled up with yet another flooded car rescued by A&B Towing.

“We’ve probably had 100 calls already.  Everybody is out there trying to rescue as many people as possible.” 

Mitchell opened the car door and water was still pouring out. 

Coastal flooding could be an issue in Norfolk into next week.  Lunisha Wittmer counts it up to a miserable day.

“It’s been flooded today, and it’s really hard to drive in it.  We’ve seen a lot of cars spun out and on the side of road. I did not predict the rain to be as heavy as it was.”

The City of Norfolk’s so concerned about coastal flood warnings, free parking is available in select city parking garages until next Wednesday, 

“I think it is a really great, it’s good to hear the city is helping us get through this,” Wittmer added. 

Over in the Bay Colony neighborhood of Virginia Beach, the Linkhorn Bay flooded across Pinewood Rood during high tide coastal flood conditions.

Delivery service driver Brad Gratton was coming through.

“This is an issue. It has always been an issue especially for me driving for Postmates, driving around the whole area.  This is the first time I’ve seen it here, but I thought I would see it sooner.  I drive out to Pungo sometimes.” 

Michelle Fox, not related to WAVY’s Andy Fox, lost a car one time trying to drive through the flooding waters.

“We learned the hard way… Do not drive through the salt water. It was a good lesson to learn. I think I am going to back up and turn around,” she said, which is exactly what she did.

Becca Brown came by with the question, to go through or not to go through.

“I think I can do it,” she said with a laugh.  

She watched the car in front of her that was smaller than hers go through the standing water.

“I don’t know, I always gauge my feelings.  If I’m anxious I won’t go.  I will just turn around.” 

Brown went through without a problem. 

Some of the areas that were flooded included:

Virginia Beach (most have since reopened)

  • Landstown Road from Salem Road to Landstown Center Way closed due to a large tree in the roadway. 
  • Salem Road/Dam Neck Road intersection closed in both directions due to flooding. 
  • Salem Road starting at Elbow Road to North Landing Road closed in both directions due to flooding. 
  • 900 block of Dam Neck Road to Wellsford Drive closed in both directions due to flooding. 

Norfolk:

  • Boush and Olney Road
  • Tidewater Drive exit near I-264
  • Virginia Beach Blvd. at Scott Street
  • Virginia Beach Blvd. and Monticello Avenue

Chesapeake:

  • Gilmerton Road between Oak Bark Road and Geneva Ave.
  • Triple Decker Bridge
  • Indian River Road
Cars stuck in flooded underpass on Bainbridge Blvd. in Chesapeake, Va. on Sept. 18, 2020 (Photo courtesy: Robert and Liz McNeal)

Portsmouth:

  • Area around Hodges Manor Elementary — feeding site at school closed Friday, but the Magic School Bus will continue to make deliveries.

Isle of Wight County:

  • Nike Park
  • Reynolds Drive
  • Smith Neck Blvd. Scott’s Factory
  • 460 at 258
  • 460 at Ecella
  • 460 at Yellow Hammer Road
  • Walters Hwy.
  • Carrsville Hwy.
  • Jenkins Mill

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