Oceanfront residents voice concern over street flooding

Churchland area of Portsmouth , Va. (ReportIt/Kathryn Diehl)

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – The Virginia Beach Oceanfront experienced heavy rainfall Monday morning, which resulted in street flooding.

The water began to rise around 10 a.m. That’s when WAVY.com first started getting reports and images of the flooding.

A WAVY crew found ankle high water in the area of 21st Street and Baltic Avenue. City crews were called out to clean the drains there.

Residents and business owners say this is becoming an all-too frequent occurrence.

“Every time it rains, it floods. The City of Virginia Beach is well aware of this. I’ve been told there is no money to do anything about it,” said Clifton Strickland.

Trey White would love to see the problem fixed. “Anytime we get a big storm all the rain filters into this intersection. This is the third time this summer we’ve had a major flooding episode. We’ve had four staff members lose their cars, including myself two years ago –  with a total loss. We have to scramble and move everything around. Today they’re out here cleaning the drain, but it’s a day late here. That solves the problem for one more storm, then something else happens. There’s got to be a different solution, a more permanent solution.”

Virginia Beach wasn’t the only Hampton Roads city to get hit with heavy rain. Super Doppler 10 Meteorologist Jeremy Wheeler said the wet weather was widespread Monday and is expected to continue into Tuesday. Read Jeremy’s weather blog for a detailed local forecast.

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