Tidal flooding impacts roads in Va. Beach

Flooding in Pungo on May 1, 2017. (Chopper 10/WAVY Photo)

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Floodwaters have affected multiple roads in Virginia Beach since Monday evening and the conditions are expected to continue into Wednesday morning.

Strong southerly winds blew water inland, so the flooding is tidal and not caused by recent rainfall. It shut down the only road into Sandbridge.

Virginia Beach police tweeted Wednesday morning that one lane of Sandbridge Road was reopened, with officers controlling traffic.

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The wind coming from the southwest pushes water out of Back Bay and onto Sandbridge Road — which blocks some homes along the road. Residents in the area tell 10 On Your side this happens frequently.

“The reason why it affects Sandbridge Road is it is only one or two feet above sea level,” resident Randy Zhemer said.

For 35 years, Zhemar knows that when the wind comes out of the Southwest, they get cut off from Virginia Beach. He saw it happen as the tide first came up on Monday.

“I bought some food before I realized I wasn’t gonna be able to get back in Sandbridge and the food spoiled,” he said.

Gallery: Flooding affects roads in Va. Beach

Chopper 10 flew over affected areas Monday and Tuesday, and captured images of the wind-driven floodwaters encroaching homes and other structures.

Several WAVY viewers shared images and video of the flood waters in Pungo. One viewer posted a video of a school bus going through flood waters on Muddy Creek Road in the Pungo area during the early morning hours of Tuesday.

High water signs are posted at the following places:

  • ​2300 Block of Pungo Ferry Road – Minor water, road is passable
  • Sandbridge Road/Entrada Drive – Partially open, police are flagging for one lane access
  • Newbridge Road/Sandbridge Road – Minor water, road is passable
  • 4200 Block of Muddy Creek Road – Flooded
  • Pleasant Ridge Road/Muddy Creed Road – Flooded
  • Nanny’s Creek Area – Flooded
  • West Neck Road/Princess Anne Road – Minor water, road is passable
  • 2200 Block of Indian River Road – Minor water, road is passable

10 On Your Side reached out to Virginia Beach City Public Schools about the flood waters on Tuesday. Officials sent the following response:

Thank you for contacting Virginia Beach City Public Schools about today’s school bus transportation near Pungo and Sandbridge. As you know, in a city the size of Virginia Beach, it is possible for one area to experience weather-related problems while the majority the city is unaffected. That was the case today as students were heading to and from school. Certainly the closure of a Sandbridge Road was a challenge for bus drivers; however, they followed the designated alternate route suggested by the City and took care when travelling down roads with standing water. As with any tidal flooding, the timing of high tide factored into our ability to navigate routes as quickly and efficiently as we normally do. We appreciate the patience and understanding of parents and families in the affected areas as drivers worked to safely transport students.”