VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – People living in the Windsor Woods section of Virginia Beach spent all of Monday cleaning up serious damage caused by Hurricane Matthew.
“Within 45 minutes, it came from being dry out here to having two feet of water in my house,” said Dale Van Slyke. “It’s never, in 20 plus years, done that.”
Before the storm, Van Slyke placed plywood at his doorstep, a preparation that’s kept his home safe in the past. But over the weekend, flood water still surged in. The water was so deep that even his toilets were submerged.
“It was like just being helpless, there wasn’t anything you could do,” he said.
The water damaged Van Slyke’s household items, his vehicle and his Harley Davidson. On Monday afternoon, he was among many folks on Gresham Court with belongings placed outside, airing out.
Piles of downed tree limbs and soaked carpets lined the block.
“It’s a war zone,” said Michael Walters.
Walters measured 17 inches of water in his garage and nine in his kitchen.
“It started coming through the side walls and then the carpet started getting mushy so before we knew it, there was no way to stop it,” he said. “It just kept coming in the house.”
Walters said his home’s second floor was not damaged. He has taken in his next-door neighbors, who live in a ranch.
Beth Brooks said that every room has damage — and not only from water, but gasoline, after the surge knocked over a can in the garage.
“It was hard just sitting there, watching the water come in the garage, knowing everything’s going to be ruined,” she said.
Liz Jernigan spoke to 10 On Your Side at her flood-damaged home, which she’s only lived in for two months.
“It’s hard to describe,” she said. “It’s just been one thing after another.”
But Jernigan and others are looking on the bright side.
“Thankfully, no trees fell on anything,” she said.
“I’m just glad nobody was hurt that we know of so far,” said Brooks. “We all pull together, help each other out.”
Some, like Van Slyke, question whether the storm drains in the neighborhood were clear.
“Something was going on,” he said. “Come on… it’s never been like that.”
“I want to do something with these sewers,” Walters said. “We’re paying for ’em… and they’re not doing their job.”
Everyone 10 On Your Side spoke to said they have flood insurance. As of Monday afternoon, they were waiting for adjusters to come out to the neighborhood.
Some in the neighborhood never lost power. Others, on Monday, remained without it.