Wet weather brings more tidal flooding, damage

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by 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on October 10, 2013 at 1:03 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 10 at 7:08 PM

NORFOLK - It was a rainy Thursday and we will see more of the same through the weekend, according to 13News Now Meteorologist Jeff Lawson.

Although it will rain less frequently and not as heavy, it will remain breezy, Lawson said.

"The big news is the tide.  We will continue having minor flooding during high tide through the weekend," Lawson said. 

Several cities saw tidal flooding Thursday.

 

The ramp from Rt. 58 East to Brambleton Ave. was closed around noon due to high water and was expected to be closed through the evening commute.

Mathews County Public Schools closed at noon Thursday due to flooding, according to Assistant Superintendent Nancy Welch.

On Tabernacle Road, even before high tide, there were areas where it was hard to tell where the road ended and the ditches ban.

Road conditions made it tricky for Ann Godsey to get to work Thursday morning.  She made sure she went home before high tide.

"This morning I didn't really know where the driveway was really.  I just sat there awhile and concentrated," said  Godsey.

In Chesapeake, the Norfolk District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers closed the Great Bridge Lock Thursday due to higher than normal tidal waters infiltrating the lock's gears.
 
Officials said lock operations would resume once the waters recede to normal levels and the gears are inspected.

Virginia Beach City Public Schools moved Friday night's Ocean Lakes versus Cox football game to Kellam High School Stadium due to weather conditions.  The game will begin at 7 p.m. as scheduled. 

Several areas in Portsmouth dealt with minor flooding; 300 block of Washington Street, 300 block of Columbia Street, 600 block of Lincoln Street, 500 block of Premier Place, Court Street at Pavilion Drive to Court Street at Wythe Street has standing water along with some areas of Effingham Street.

Several areas in Suffolk were impacted by high water; North Main Street is closed at the Kimberly Bridge, East Constance Road between North Main Street and Catherine Street is closed, Bank Street at Commerce Street has high water, West Washington Street has high water from Henley Place to Lee Street and at Saratoga Street; East Washington Street at Halifax Street, Carolina Road at Cypress Chapel Road, Cypress Chapel Road, Dill Road at County Street, Beamons Mills Trail and Nixon Drive from Spencer to Sierra all have high water.

Wednesday's flooding issues:

In the Larchmont neighborhood, residents are used to seeing the water rise. Along Magnolia Avenue, yards were beginning to flood and water was spilling onto the road.

In Hampton, Hampton Creek was flooding areas around Downtown, near the Air and Space Center and Amory's Seafood.

Suffolk Department of Public Works crews closed North Main Street at the Kimberly Bridge because water was covering all four lanes of travel. The right/outside lanes of North Main Street at the Kimberly Bridge were also closed due to high water. Crews will remain on scene until the tide recedes and the road can be re-opened.

In North Carolina, there was standing water at New Onlet on Hatteras Island, but the road is passable.

Schools in Currituck County were closed Wednesday but the superintendent didn't expect any delays Thursday.

The post office in Duck flooded Wednesday morning but reopened in the afternoon.

The Knotts Island Ferry suspended service Wednesday afternoon.

In Va. Beach, Grommet Island Park on 2nd Street by the boardwalk was closed. The storm pushed large amounts of sand onto the playground, which needed to be removed before the park could reopen for safe use. Work will be completed after the storm passes, but there is no current estimate for its reopening, said Shawn Hopson with Va. Beach Landscape Management.

A power outage affected more than 11,000 people, including Regency Hilltop Shopping Center on Laskin Road, around 2 p.m. Wednesday.  Power was restored before 4 p.m.

At least two cars were stuck in the water near the intersection of Olney and Virginia Beach Blvd. Wednesday afternoon.  One viewer described the scene as a "complete mess." 

In Norfolk, a green light marker buoy apparently broke loose and came ashore in East Ocean View.

City of Norfolk Spokeswoman Lori Crouch said the swing gate at Nauticus had to be closed. 

ERT closed the ramp from the Midtown Tunnel eastbound onto Brambleton Avenue because of the high water.  It was reopened around 4:30 p.m.

Water could be seen running over the Norfolk District Corps of Engineers dock near Downtown.

Click here for the forecast and the WVEC.com Weather Center.

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