Portsmouth fire officials help dozens with flooded homes, cars

Flooding in Portsmouth caused by Hurricane Matthew.
Flooding in Portsmouth caused by Hurricane Matthew.

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) – Dozens in the Swanson Homes neighborhood received help after homes and roads swiftly flooded there over the weekend.

“Water that kept on coming in, kept on coming in and there was nothing I could do,” one man said. “Everything in my house is soaking wet — the room, the chair, the sofa.”

Fire officials used inflatable boats to help about 50 residents safely leave their homes and get to a shelter at I.C. Norcom High School. The shelter closed at 5 p.m. Sunday.

But even then, some streets remained impassable and residents remained without power. Damaged cars were stalled in the streets.

“I woke up this morning and I saw the cars underwater,” Charlene Drewery said.

Fortunately, she didn’t experience serious damage anywhere.

“Some of the houses out here did get water in their homes and I appreciate the way the rescue crew came out and saved mostly the elders and the kids but with me, my neighbor, ours didn’t get damaged,” she said.

After the storm, trash cans were seen knocked over in the streets, spewing garbage.

By the evening, residents had made a pile of drenched and damaged furniture, clothes and other household items.

No one in the neighborhood was hurt.