PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — Flooding in the Churchland area of Portsmouth caused evacuations at a daycare facility and an apartment complex Monday.
Around 5 p.m.,. Portsmouth Fire Department crews and the Virginia Port Authority’s Maritime Incident Response Team responded to Churchland KinderCare along Churchland Boulevard. The rescue workers had to ferry 35 children and number of employees across the flooded parking lot in a boat.
The whole process took them about four or five trips. A daycare employee said the group went across the street to Grove Baptist church.
Employees told WAVY.com everyone is okay, no one was hurt. Some of the children were a little shaken while others were excited by the water rescue.
While WAVY.com was at the scene, parents had already begun to arrive to get their kids.
Across the street from the KinderCare, residents were forced out of their apartments at the Village at Western Branch.
“In 10 minutes, my whole apartment was gone,” said Brent Parks, who lives in the apartment complex.
Parks said water inside his unit was waist deep. He and a friend gathered pictures and everything they could before it was ruined. Parks’ car was also completely underwater in the parking lot.
“My car is gone,” he said. “I’ve lost everything in my apartment.”
The American Red Cross has set up a shelter for residents of the Village at Western Branch and the Cedar Creek Apartments, located at the American Legion at 2711 Peach Street. A spokesperson said they are standing by to help more residents.
You can get in touch with the shelter by calling the Norfolk Red Cross hotline: 757-446-7700. Residents are also asked to call apartment complex management.