Peninsula residents clean up after Matthew


NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — More than 3,000 customers across the Peninsula are still without electricity after Hurricane Matthew, but residents continued cleaning up from the storm Monday.

The strength of trees in Hampton and Newport News were no match for the Hurricane force winds that developed late Saturday night and continued into Sunday.

Photos: Damage from Hurricane Matthew

“It didn’t seem real,” said Lauren Coates, who says a tree fell on her fiancé’s car Saturday night. “It was pouring, we’re wet, tree is sideways, his car is smooshed, there’s glass everywhere. It’s just one of those moments where you don’t know what to do.”

The Newport News Police Marine Unit pulled a vehicle from a drainage ditch near Bland and Warwick Boulevards. Police say the car was later found to be stolen.

In Hampton, residents near Big Bethel Road in were left with downed branches and muddy yards to clean up after more than three feet of water accumulated.

“I got my niece and my nephew out here. We’re cleaning up. Getting all the trash up,” said Brian Branch. “Hopefully we won’t have to worry about any more rain for the rest of the year.”

The area near Big Bethel Road and Joyners Road typically floods badly, according to Michael Drew.

Drew says the high winds and saturated ground ripped a tree from the ground that fell on his home.

“To move a tree that looks almost like two trees, shows you the strength of Mother Mature,” he said.

Dominion Virginia Power tells 10 On Your Side that all electricity should be restored by Thursday.