Water begins to recede from flooded roads

Flooding in Virginia Beach on September 22, 2016. (Photo courtesy WAVY viewer Ray Willard)

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) — Rain dumped on the region for several days straight this week, causing major road flooding. The rain finally began to subside Thursday, allowing the water to recede.

The stormwater drains couldn’t handle the sheer amount of water. WAVY Meteorologist Jeremy Wheeler neighborhoods saw anywhere from 5 to 17 inches of rain.

Here are some of the rain totals as of Thursday afternoon.

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The near weeklong rain caused school closures and delays Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in North Carolina and in southeastern Virginia.

It also caused cities, organizations and agencies to cancel or adjust parts of their schedules.


Gov. Pat McCrory on Thursday issued a state of emergency for 11 counties, including Bertie, Chowan, Currituck and Dare, because of the flooding.

McCrory’s declaration came after county officials issued a state of emergency for both Chowan County and Bertie County Thursday afternoon.

As of 10:30 a.m. Thursday, officials reported that there were 14 successful water rescues in Bertie County.

In Windsor, North Carolina, the Cashie River has spilled over into the town.

Flooding in downtown Windsor, North Carolina on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016. Image Credit: Scott Sauer, Bertie County
Flooding in downtown Windsor, North Carolina on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016. Image Credit: Scott Sauer, Bertie County

The Pasquotank-Camden Emergency Management Agency said Wednesday NCDOT closed Bunker Hill Road in Camden County, Horseshoe Road, Old Swamp Road between Lily Road and Nosay Road and Creek Road due to flooding.

Residents were asked to share the EMA’s Facebook page so others can be aware of the latest road conditions in Pasquotank and Camden Counties. Officials issued a release with road conditions for those who cannot access Facebook.

If you must travel, use caution as high water on area roads may make them impassable in spots.


WAVY’s Rico Bush reported early Thursday morning that several cars were stranded on Independence Boulevard because of high flood waters.

Crews in Virginia Beach and Chesapeake closed Elbow Road Wednesday due to high water and flooding conditions.

Extensive flooding in Virginia Beach from days of rainfall

The city began to dry out on Thursday, though some roads remain closed. Friday morning, the city announced the roads had reopened.


Virginia Department of Transportation officials noted Thursday that Route 58 in Franklin was closed because of flood waters. VDOT said around 9:40 a.m. Friday all westbound and eastbound lanes on Route 58 near Delaware Road in Southampton County had reopened.


Quite a few major roads and interstate ramps were impassable in Norfolk during the storm.

Rain causes Norfolk streets and neighborhoods to flood

From Norfolk, WAVY’s Matt Gregory reported the worst flooding was in an area around Calvert Square. Flood waters were up to knee height in certain parts of that area.


Suffolk officials released a long list of closed or impassable roads because of the storm.  Public Works crews responded to the reported locations of high water to place signage to alert drivers.


Roads in Chesapeake were also being restricted Wednesday and on into Thursday because of the messy conditions

All City of Chesapeake Courts closed Wednesday as a result of the flooding. Northwest River Park was closed because flooding made access to the park hazardous.

City officials on Thursday reported a list of roads and sections of the Chesapeake area that have been impacted by flooding.


Motorists in Portsmouth experienced major delays near the Downtown Tunnel Wednesday morning on the I-264 west Frederick Boulevard off-ramp, I-264 east Effingham Street on-ramp and the I-264 west Effingham Street off-ramp were all closed due to standing water. All ramps have since reopened.

Portsmouth dispatchers noted several flooded roads Wednesday morning where cars had stalled out:

  • Elm Avenue and Race Street
  • Effingham and County
  • Frederick Boulevard before Turnpike Road
  • 6000 block Churchland Boulevard by the Village Apts
  • 700 block of Portsmouth Boulevard
  • Queenswood Drive and Greenbrook Drive
  • Peach Street at Portsmouth Boulevard

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