PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — Heavy rain on Monday afternoon caused some flooding issues in area streets.
10 On Your Side was in Portsmouth, where Frederick Boulevard was flooded to the point some vehicles couldn’t pass through.
Some cars drove over the lawn of St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church to avoid the floodwaters. 10 On Your Side also spoke to a passing bicyclist in that area, who said the flooding only got worse for those traveling toward George Washington Highway.
Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson reported that 2.7 inches of rain fell in Portsmouth Monday afternoon.
For Mike Cardona, who lives on Greenwood Drive, he spent much of the late afternoon warning drivers to turn around.
“Walked out into it when it flooded … it was ’bout to my knees,” Cardona said. “We had a couple of cars get stuck. One in the water, another got stuck in the yard.”
Cardona said while he called the city three times, nobody came out to help or place high water signs.
“If [a driver] bust the waterline, who is going to pay for it?” Cardona said about cars driving through yards.
Portsmouth Public Works crews were seen trying to keep up with the storm. Recently, the federal government allocated $7.5 million to construct a new stormwater pump station in the Olde Towne Historic District of Portsmouth.
After the storms, the Virginia Department of Health issued a warning ahead of more storms and possible impacts from Tropical Storm Fred this week.
The VDH said the rainfall may make dangerous recreational water conditions in creeks, rivers, and the areas along the coast.
Additionally, once the rain clears, recreating or driving through floodwaters can be dangerous as well. Heavy rains can increase bacteria and other pollutants in the runoff, which ends up in rivers, lakes and streams.
Here are recommendations from the VDH for recreating after heavy rains:
- Avoid getting water in your mouth. Never swallow water from an untreated water source.
- Don’t swim if you have broken skin. Bacteria, viruses and other organisms can infect wounds causing more serious illness.
- Shower with soap and water after recreating in natural waters.
- Don’t swim when you are ill.
- Avoid swimming if dead fish are present.
- Use extreme caution and avoid unnecessary risks if you encounter covered roads or fast-moving waters. The water may be deeper and moving faster than you think.