Hampton plans to begin damage assessments Tuesday

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by 13News

WVEC.com

Posted on October 29, 2012 at 8:10 AM

Updated Monday, Oct 28 at 7:29 AM

HAMPTON - Hampton officials hope to begin assessing the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy on Tuesday morning.

They want residents who experienced damage to call 311 (727-8311 from a cell) for the city’s damage report.

Rain and high winds were expected to continue into the overnight hours.

Off the beach at Buckroe in Hampton, standing water was getting deeper by the hour during the day.

Near First Street, about six inches of water collected within an hour. On First Street, water was about a foot deep at 11:00 a.m. One home had water reaching the first step at 7:40 a.m. and passing vehicles were sending waves even higher.

One man was taking his famly out to see what was happening.

"We live just about to Grand View and it's real flooded out there. The inlet on Old Buckroe Road is about impassable and you can't get to the beach on this end of First Street. On the other end and at Fort Monroe, there's been some flooding," he said.

Other streets flooded in Buckroe were Resort Boulevard, 5th Street, Tappan Avenue and Seaboard Avenue.

Emergency officials were telling people to stay inside unless it was imperative for them to get out.

More than 4 inches of rain had fallen in Hampton since the storm began. The worst period for wind was projected to be from 4 pm Monday through 7 a.m. Tuesday.

Dozens of streets and intersections had to be closed during the day. Most of those streets were being reopened as floodwaters receded. However, some flooding from rainfall is possible in some places, city officials warned.

As of midday, there were scattered power outages affecting about 500 Hampton customers. A few downed lines and tree branches were reported.

 

The city shelters at the Phenix School, 1061 Big Bethel Road and at Bethel High School, 1067 Big Bethel Road, remained open. The high school is open for those with pets.

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