Flood advisory extended across Hampton Roads

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) – Following a day of heavy rain and flooding on Monday, much of Hampton Roads was under a coastal flood advisory Tuesday.
The National Weather Service issued the new advisory Tuesday morning and later reported parts of Hampton Roads received more than 10 inches of rain between 7 a.m. Monday and 7 a.m. Tuesday.
Super Doppler 10 Meteorologist Jeremy Wheeler said a stationary front and weak area of low pressure was slowly moving through the region Tuesday morning. That is what helped create flooding. He said the rain showers tapered off by the afternoon.

Photos: Flooding across Hampton Roads

The city of Newport News opened three community centers Tuesday for residents seeking shelter.

  • Doris Miller Community Center, 2814 Wickham Avenue
  • Brittingham-Midtown Community Center, 570 McLawhorne Drive
  • Denbigh Community Center, 15198 Jefferson Avenue
Road closures:
The flooding issue began Monday afternoon and continued into Tuesday. It created a very messy and difficult morning commute. In Portsmouth, traffic came to a standstill along Effingham Street. The I-264 off ramps on Effingham Street were closed for several hours due to heavy flooding, beginning around 6:30 a.m.
The US-17 James River Bridge in Isle of Wight County has reopened to all southbound traffic.
Just after 10 a.m., the Hampton Police Division sent out a long list of flooded roads. Later in the day, the division said most of those roads had reopened. Click here to see the complete list.
School closures and early dismissals:
The flooding and subsequent road closures caused many school systems open on a delay Tuesday morning. Some school districts even closed because of the high water. Click here for a complete list of closings and delays.
Around 10:30 a.m., Norfolk Public Schools announced it would be operating on an early release schedule Tuesday. School staggers and schedules are available at: http://www.nps.k12.va.us/index.php/nps-schools/school-hours
  • Stagger 1 – High Schools: 12:05 p.m.
  • Stagger 2 – Middle Schools and K-8/Pk-8: 1:20 p.m.
  • Stagger 3 – Elementary: 1:55 p.m.
  • Stagger 4 – Elementary: 2:30 p.m.
  • Easton Preschool’s full-day program will dismiss at 1:55 p.m., and the half-day, afternoon preschool session is canceled. Norfolk SECEP students will be dismissed at 12:05 p.m.

Michelle Price with Newport News Public Schools said flooding caused bus delays and other challenges getting students to school. Price said students who were unable to get to school will be considered excused.

Due to flooding, An Achievable Dream middle and high schools were closed Tuesday. Those students were returned to their bus stops or taken to Heritage High School for the remainder of the day.

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