Tow truck driver wants flood issue to dry up

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) — A stretch along Military Highway in Chesapeake floods just about every time it rains. It has become such a problem a tow truck driver called 10 On Your Side for help.

Five years ago, John Edwards opened Creek Auto Repair on South Military Highway in Chesapeake. These days some of his repairs are coming from right down the street — a spot on Military Highway just short of the Gilmerton Bridge is providing plenty of business.

“There is a lot of stuff to spend money for other than a repair,” Edwards said. “I’d rather not make any money than to make money like that.”

Edwards says every time there is a hard rain the road becomes covered by water. He says he’s tired of seeing people get stuck and wants the city to do something to fix the problem.

“The last [storm] was the worst I’ve ever seen,” Edwards said. “It had actually encroached through the first lane and into the second. It was like that for a couple days.”

“There was this giant puddle in the middle of the road it was taking up my whole lane,” added driver Jonathan Will. “I didn’t have time to avoid it.”

Will blew out his engine driving though the water last week. The college student lost the car he bought just a month ago.

“It really sucks for me,” Will said. “I’m not happy about it. You would think they would have done something about it by now.”

A spokesman for the city of Chesapeake says they’ve known about the problem for years, but wanted to wait to see how construction at the Gilmerton Bridge would impact the road before doing any fix. Construction for the bridge is now nearing completion.

“The city will come out and put a sign up that says high water,” Edwards added. “What they should do is put up a sign up that says no fishing from your car.”

Will’s car now sits waiting to get fixed at Edwards’ shop. It’s a symbol of the thought the mechanic can no longer bear.

“I see the people’s faces when you have to tell them that their motor is blowed up,” Edwards said. “It is just something that needs to be fixed.”

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