Police ID woman found dead during evacuation of apartments in Newport News

Police ID woman found dead during evacuation of apartments in Newport News

Police ID woman found dead during evacuation of apartments in Newport News

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by Brian Farrell, 13News

WVEC.com

Posted on August 25, 2012 at 10:52 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 11 at 9:26 PM

NEWPORT NEWS -- Emergency workers found the body of a woman inside a home at Great Oak Apartments Saturday.

The woman was later identified as 28-year-old Brittany Megan Hintz.

The complex, which sits off Thimble Shoals Boulevard, had to to be evacuated because of flooding brought by heavy rain. It wasn't clear if the woman's death was a direct result of the storm.

"Disabled community and elderly, and we all just get along," said Craig Moore as he described the people in the complex.

Moore stood holding a toiletries bag and a cup of coffee, the only things he grabbed before leaving his apartment.

"I was just trying to relax for the day, you know, and I was thanking God for another day, so I guess I'm still thanking him for another day. Gotta see what tomorrow's gonna bring," Moore told 13News.

"From what we can tell, there's an off-site drainage issue, so every thing's backing up here," explained Karen Wilds with Newport News Redevelopment and Housing Authority. "Some of the units are not flooded, but, probably about two-thirds of them are, and, so, it's mostly just, you know, foot level, and so, we're gonna have to get in and make a determination what the issues are in terms of electrical service and, also, drying out carpets, and that sort of thing."

Members of the Newport News Fire Department and Newport News Police Department were part of the effort, with York County providing aid to the city. Volunteers also assisted in getting people out of the 142-unit complex.

"I just asked the firemen what I could do to help out, and the first thing they told me and other gentleman: to grab a rib boat and head on in," said Chris Subbiondo who initially stopped at Great Oak to check on his mother who lives there. "We grabbed them, grabbed a fire crew, and we started walking around. We started knocking on doors, finding out who's home, who isn't, and who wants to get out. Next thing you know, next thing we know, we got all kinds of people looking to get out of here."

Tenants who weren't picked up by family and friends were bussed to the Midtown Community Center, which served as a transitional shelter. From there, evacuees were taken to Warwick High School where the City set up its emergency shelter for any resident who was displaced by flooding. Several dozen spent the night there Saturday.

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