PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — Portsmouth Fire Department officials said Tuesday 81 residents were displaced by Monday afternoon’s floods.
Battalion Chief Jim Hoffler said everyone who was displaced was from the Village at Western Branch apartments or the Cedar Creek Apartments. WAVY.com knows of at least one pet, a dog, that died at the Village apartments on Monday.
“Nobody’s fault, because it’s an act of God,” said Village resident Robin Williams on Tuesday. “I mean, who do you blame?”
Williams is one of several residents who will be moved to a new unit within the complex. Williams said she went to her mother’s house after work on Monday. She didn’t realize the complex had flooded until she saw the reports on WAVY News 10.
When she returned home to her apartment on Tuesday morning, nothing was in its place.
“My bookshelf crumbled to the floor. ‘Stephen King’ is all gone,” she said. “I know it’s not important. But, it is to me.”
According to orange notices on the doors, the city of Portsmouth condemned most bottom units at the Village.
The Cedar Creek Apartments on Danvers Road in Portsmouth were also severely flooded. Kim Beverly said she, too, was at work on Monday when the apartments started filling with water. She had to park at a nearby grocery store and walk through water that was up to her thigh. When she got to her front door, she could barely open it against all the water pressure.
“My shoes started floating toward me,” she explained. “The welcome mat started floating toward me. And I just threw everything back in and closed the door. I couldn’t do anything.”
Beverly said she will have to move out of Cedar Creek for good. Fortunately, she can move in with family until she finds another place to go.
“I love living here,” Beverly said. “But, it’s time to go.”
The American Red Cross had opened a shelter for Village and Cedar Creek residents, but it has closed because most residents had other places to go.