Virginia Beach Blvd., Brambleton Ave. underpasses back open after flooding


NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — The Virginia Beach Boulevard and Brambleton Avenue underpasses have reopened to traffic after they were completely flooded out during Hurricane Matthew.

Two westbound lanes of the Virginia Beach Boulevard underpass are open (heading towards downtown Norfolk) and one eastbound lane is open.

Normally, a tractor trailer is able to clear that underpass, which is located between Park Avenue and Tidewater Drive.

Lori Crouch with the City of Norfolk says a pump at the underpass couldn’t keep up during the storm, likely because the electrical system failed.

The Brambleton Avenue underpass suffered the same fate. Two westbound lanes of that underpass are open and one eastbound lane is open.

City officials used portable pumps to help alleviate the flooding. Crews from the Port of Virginia also responded to help pump floodwaters out of underpasses.

Photo: City of Norfolk Government/Facebook
Photo: City of Norfolk Government/Facebook

Once the underpass was drained, at least one vehicle was seen under the water.

City officials say they expect they will need new pumping systems.

If your vehicle was towed, call the City of Norfolk Division of Towing and Recovery at 757-441-1062.