Apartments evacuated, roads flood in Hampton

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HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) — Hampton saw flooding all over the city on Friday, and city officials were warning residents of more tidal flooding throughout the weekend.

The Paula Maria Apartments on Martha Lee Drive were evacuated around noon Friday. Sgt. Jason Price of the Hampton Police Division said it was a voluntary evacuation. But until the early evening on Friday, an officer was waiting outside the complex answering questions for residents.

“The police and the fire department, the management has been coming out all day,” said Leslie Snyder, a Paula Maria resident.

Photo courtesy: Hampton Police
Photo courtesy: Hampton Police

Price said the water reached the parking lot of the complex and did not get into any of the units. Most residents still evacuated the complex as a precaution. Price said 22 residents were taken to a shelter during the day. But as of 10 p.m. Friday residents had returned to their apartments because the water had gone down.

Kathie Williams was one of the residents who still left. But, she was frustrated when WAVY.com saw her.

“I just moved here,” said Williams. “And I’m just kinda disappointed right now.”

Some residents were also concerned about the power getting shut off. Price, city spokeswoman Robin McCormick, and a representative from Paula Maria told WAVY.com there were no known plans to shut off power.

Hampton police released lists of city roads that were flooded via Twitter on Friday. Resort Boulevard in Buckroe Beach was a street that was blocked for part of the day. Once the water went down, residents took turns driving up to the beach to check out the conditions for themselves. The water was rough and the wind almost made it difficult to walk.

Jeffrey and Damien Ward, a father and son, checked out the beach from their truck.

“It could have been a lot worse if the hurricane had hit us,” said Damien Ward, referencing Hurricane Joaquin. “It could have been much, much worse than this.”

As of late Friday evening, the Grandview area off Beach Road was still flooded. People in trucks didn’t have any problems getting through the water. But residents trying to reach the other side in sedans were turning around.

A news release on behalf of the city late Friday said extra police and firefighters would be on hand to help monitor conditions this weekend. Public works crew would also help to clear drains and streets.

Stay with WAVY News 10 for updates.

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