Suffolk flood victims say they need a shelter when water rises

Flooding at a Suffolk home on October 10, 2016.
Flooding at a Suffolk home on October 10, 2016.

SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – Residents along Columbus Avenue say they have nowhere to go when their neighborhood floods, as it did this weekend when more than 10 inches of rain fell on the area.

“They need to come out here and see what’s going on,” said Joyce Woodson, whose daughter rents a home on Columbus. She says the neighborhood does not get attention when a nearby creek floods.

“The rugs, the furniture, all of it — everything is soaking wet,” Woodson said.

Further down the street, Sintia Holliman is trying to salvage what she can. She just moved in a month ago.

“It was coming in under the walls, so all of my floors are wet,” Holliman said. “There’s nothing in here that’s not wet.”

About 20 families live on Columbus, and they’d like to see a shelter nearby for times like these.

Elsewhere in Suffolk, water had receded in most areas by Sunday evening. North Main Street was still closed at the Nansemond River, but the water level was going down.

Two trees were blown down on Third Street near Bute. One caused significant structural damage to a roof, but no one was hurt.