HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) — Flooding is being reported across the area as rain, which will be heavy at times Thursday, moves through the area.
The National Weather Service extended a flash flood warning for most of Hampton Roads and northeast North Carolina. The warning for parts of northeastern North Carolina and Hampton Roads now expires at 5 a.m. Friday.
Northampton County Public Schools (VA) announced that Northampton Middle and High School and both elementary schools were dismissing early Thursday because of the local flooding.
All Isle of Wight County Schools dismissed one hour early Thursday to make sure buses can get students home before sunset. The school board scheduled for Thursday night was canceled and will be rescheduled.
Old Dominion University in Norfolk announced that it was canceling all in-person classes that met after 4 p.m. Thursday. Online courses would be held as scheduled. Monarch Transit was suspended temporarily. Check the ODU mobile app (transit) or http://odu.edu/monarchtransit for updates.
Also, Norfolk Christian Schools announced it would have a two-hour delay Friday morning.
The City of Hampton advised its residents that Thursday’s trash and recycling services would be delayed in areas where there was flooding.
And Chesapeake officials said they have received reports of several roads experiencing flooding.
In Portsmouth, 10 On Your Side’s Brett Hall captured this video of conditions on Effingham. Portsmouth officials have opened city garages at Middle Street and County Street for residents who live in low-lying areas to be able to park for free. Vehicles can remain in these garages until Friday, Nov. 13 at 7 a.m.
And Andy Fox was in Norfolk where he got video of vehicles trying to get through Tidewater Drive.
Here’s what Andy Fox discovered in Norfolk, as the torrential rain fell for most of the morning Thursday.
Resident Malik Cottle called it crazy.
“It is crazy. I’ve been trying to help people when I can. It’s crazy. I don’t know why it’s not draining properly.”
Cottle said he saw a lot of stalled cars while out driving,
“I’ve pushed two people out. They got stuck because they didn’t’ gauge how deep the water was. They couldn’t see how deep the water was. It was too deep and messed them up.”
10 On Your Side saw several stalled cars as well, so we went to help push, then found Justice Wall in the back already pushing.
We were happy to see Wall got his car started. He took off for the Burger King parking lot nearby, and we found him with the hood open, airing out the engine.
We pointed out this could be his lucky day because the car is still running,
“Yes, I am blessed, it could have been worse.”
The area was so flooded you couldn’t’ get into the Burger King on the corner.
“This is messed up. I have been here for two hours, and I can’t even get home. Business has been non-existent. It’s been very slow,” said Eloise Chiles-White, who works in the Burger King.
It was so flooded, food delivery driver John Griffey called it quits and went home.
“It’s terrible. Worst weather ever. I’m out here doing Postmates, and I’m going home. It’s not worth it. I have seen a dozen cars stuck out here in the rain. It’s not worth my life, my car, it’s not worth the money I get, to be honest with you guys.”
Later in the evening, Virginia Beach still had some flooding, although many of the floods had receded.
The City of Virginia Beach reported dozens of roads as closed or impassable due to the rain.
Despite a road full of water, 10 On Your Side saw several people try their luck on Independence Boulevard near Salem Road. Three cars were left behind.
In Chesapeake, a couple of residents told 10 On Your Side they woke up to two inches of water inside their home.
Area residents hope the water will recede by midday Friday.