Rain moves out, some flooding remains

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NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Neighborhoods across the Southside started drying out on Thursday. City crews headed out to deal with the cleanup. However, some communities still are waiting for relief from the heavy rainfall.

On Ambler Avenue, a week of rain is also a week of ponding. On the first somewhat dry day, it was hard to find anywhere on the street that wasn’t soggy.

“This was all standing water. Even this morning,” Lois Hayes said pointing to her soaked front yard.

Hayes is 83 and for 53 of those years, she’s lived on Ambler Avenue.

“This year is the first year I’ve had water under the house,” she said.

She ranked this week’s rain as the worst rain flooding in her time. Wednesday night in the downpour she rigged together a pump system.

“I was working two to three hours getting stuff ready because each time, I didn’t have the right equipment,” Hayes said. “I’d duct tape something and of course, it would blow up.”

Thursday morning, the pumps were still going, carrying gallon after gallon from under her house.

A spokesperson for the City of Norfolk said Wednesday crews dealt with the main roads flooding. The debris and rain clearing Thursday focused on neighborhoods.

Across the city, most communities had small ponding issues. The biggest complaints came from manholes spraying water back onto the street.

“It’s been gradually going down,” Hayes said. “But today it’s, it’s very slowly going down.”

The memory of the week of heavy rain has left a slow moving mark.

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