Cleanup underway after Matthew pummels region with rain, flooding

WAVY/Erin Kelly
WAVY/Erin Kelly

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY/AP) — Hurricane Matthew hammered the Hampton Roads region and northeast North Carolina over the weekend, flooding many roads and causing widespread outages.

Many areas remained severely flooded Monday, while the waters in other areas have begun to recede. Numerous roads were impassable Sunday, which caused some cars to become stalled out or even abandoned.

Photos: Hurricane Matthew soaks Hampton Roads, North Carolina

The storm killed more than 500 people in Haiti and at least 20 in the U.S. — half of them in North Carolina. Most were swept away by flood waters. The driver of a pick-up truck was killed on I-64 in Chesapeake after a tree fell on the interstate.

More than a million people in South Carolina and North Carolina were without power, and at least four separate sections of Interstate 95 — the main artery linking the East Coast from Florida to Maine — were closed in North Carolina.

Only Chopper 10 was above the flooded streets of Hampton Roads on Sunday after Matthew was already off the coast of Cape Hatteras. States of emergency were declared Sunday in several area cities.

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In North Carolina, North Carolina Highway 12 once again sustained heavy damaged by overwash as the tide surged across the Outer Banks during Hurricane Matthew.

10 On Your Side’s Andy Fox reports that about 125 yards of Highway 12 has been washed out. Erosion has taken away the sand underneath the road, causing the pavement to collapse on top of it.

Photos: NC 12 overwash from Hurricane Matthew

Many side streets in towns up and down the Outer Banks remained flooded Monday. Dare County officials are working to get a full assessment of the damage and flooded roads.

Clayton Cutler, with the Dare County Water Department, was out in the area Monday surveying the damage.

“We’re checking the level of erosion on the road here to make sure that we don’t end up with a breach in our waterline,” Cutler said. “Basically, I’m monitoring the system here to make sure that, if it does get too close to our waterline, we isolate the water.”

NCDOT officials said Monday motorists should use caution as there is deep standing water on NC 12 from Corolla to Kitty Hawk. There were also areas of 12-inch deep water from Kitty Hawk to Nags Head.

Authorities restricting access to Dare County, OBX, Hatteras Island

Gov. Pat McCrory on Monday warned residents that ongoing dangers will continue from the impact Matthew had on the state.

“Blue skies have returned to North Carolina, but dangerous conditions remain,” said Governor McCrory. “As we have learned from previous hurricanes, the aftermath of the storm is often the deadliest. People who live near rivers, streams and levees must take extreme caution as the greatest threat to human life is rivers flooding in the coming days. Listen to your local officials and take all evacuation orders seriously.”

In Chesapeake, Virginia, flooding from the storm caused Deep Creek to overflow and spill into the parking lot at United Methodist Church, practically creating a waterfall.

Waters from the Intracoastal Waterway were gushing into a neighborhood in the Culpepper Landing area. People had to park their cars away from the neighborhood and walk through the flooding to get to their homes.

Elbow Road is closed at the North Landing Bridge. Video from a WAVY viewer shows the road with what appears to be severe damage.

Like many areas impacted by Matthew, numerous cars were left abandoned on roads and medians. A WAVY viewer sent a photo from Culpepper Landing, showing the extent of the flooding problems in that community.

Houses along Culpepper Landing in the Deep Creek Area of Chesapeake are flooded on Oct. 10, 2016. Credit: WAVY viewer Adrian Rodriguez.
Houses along Culpepper Landing in the Deep Creek Area of Chesapeake are flooded on Oct. 10, 2016. Credit: WAVY viewer Adrian Rodriguez.

Costly surprises await owners of abandoned flood vehicles

An underpass that was severely flooded on Tidewater Drive in Norfolk was seeing water dissipate Monday. WAVY’s Matt Gregory reports that the flood waters were draining slowly.

WAVY’s Erin Kelly reports that the damage seen in some areas looked similar to tornado damage. An uprooted tree in Virginia Beach missed a home, but crush a car during the storm.

Suffolk officials say city hall was impacted by flooding, damaging floors and furniture in several offices. Some departments are being moved to other locations in city hall temporarily.

Planning and Community Development offices will be closed on Tuesday. However, customer service will be available for citizens for Planning at 514-4060, and Community Development at 514-4150.

Photos: Damage from Hurricane Matthew

The storm also caused several hundred thousand customers with Dominion Virginia Power and North Carolina Electric Cooperative to lose power.

More than 80 percent of the 462,000 customers who lost service from Matthew had their power restored by Monday night.

Dominion Va. Power: 80 percent of Matthew outages restored

A power outage in Yorktown left the York County officers in the historic area without power. The outage was restored just before 3 p.m. Monday. Offices will resume normal operations Tuesday at 8:15 a.m.

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Stay with WAVY News 10 for the latest updates on the cleanup effort from Hurricane Matthew.