The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for much of Hampton Roads through Thursday night.
On the Peninsula, a flash flood watch was in effect until 6 p.m. in Hampton, Newport News, Poquoson, Isle of Wight, York County and James City County. A flood warning remained in effect until 8 p.m.
Heavy rain fell steadily Thursday morning, with 3-3.5 inches reported by 1 p.m. in Virginia Beach, according to the weather service. About 3-6 inches of rain had fallen on the Peninsula just before 4 p.m. causing road closures and flash flooding.
Hampton reported delays to trash and recycling pickup Thursday morning because vehicles had difficulty navigating flooded roads. Old Dominion University canceled in-person classes after 4 p.m.
Small creeks and streams, urban areas, highways, streets and underpasses are all affected by the flooding.
Virginia Beach announced Thursday afternoon that Bow Creek Recreation Center would be closed for the rest of the day because of flooded roads in the area.
The city reported road closures because of flooding in several areas including:
- Dam Neck Road at Harpers Road
- Dam Neck Road at Southcross Drive
- Horn Point Road at Muddy Creek Road
- Independence Blvd. South at Salem Road
- Laskin Road at Hilltop Plaza Shopping Center
- Potters Road at Air Station Drive
- Princess Anne Road at Kempshire Lane
- Red Mill Blvd. at Agecroft Road
- S Rosemont Road at Country Club Road
- Salem Road at Elbow Road
- Salem Road at North Landing Road
- Sandbridge Road
- South Blvd. at Maidstone Circle
- Sullivan Blvd. at Westgrove Road South
- Wellsford Drive at Old Dam Neck Road
Virginia Beach also reported blocked roads in multiple places including:
- 21st Street at Mediterranean Avenue
- Barberton Drive at Old Virginia Beach Road
- Deer Park Drive at Brookbridge Road
- Dillon Drive at Continental Street
- Edwin Drive at Gleneagle Drive
- Edwin Drive at Masters Avenue
- Gannet Run at Huntsman Drive
- Greenwich Road between Newtown Road and Witchduck Road
- Hannibal Street at Country Club Circle
- Haygood Road at Perth Lane
- Indian River Road New Bridge Road
- Kings Lake Drive at Oxford Drive
- Lakecrest Road at Riverbend Road
- N Great Neck Road at Tanglewood Trail
- Nanneys Creek Road at Charity Neck Road
- New Bridge Road at Indian River Road
- Oceana Blvd. at Bells Road
- Princess Anne Road at Elson Green Avenue
- Princess Anne Road at Holland Road
- S Rosemont Road at Dahlia Drive
- Sandbridge Road at Flanagans Lane
- Sandbridge Road at Lotus Drive
- Seaboard Road at County Place
- Seaboard Road at Princess Anne Road
- South Plaza Trail at Old Forge Road
- Townfield Lane at Kerr Drive
- Upton Drive at Nimmo Parkway
- Upton Drive at Tennyson Road
- Van Buren Drive at Presidential Blvd.
Portsmouth reported abandoned vehicles and flooding in several places including:
- Frederick Boulevard from Turnpike Road to Deep Creek Boulevard
- I-264 Ramps to Frederick Boulevard are closed in both directions
- Airline Boulevard at the intersection with Victory Boulevard
- Multiple locations along Elm Avenue and Effingham Street
- Rodman Avenue at High Street
- Rodman Avenue at King Street
- Churchland Boulevard at Academy Avenue
- Twin Pines Road at Towne Point Road
- Virginia Avenue at Portland Street
- Greenwood Drive at Deep Creek Boulevard
- George Washington Highway at Elm Avenue
announced it would open the Middle and County street garages at 5 p.m. Thursday until 7 a.m. Friday for vehicles in low-lying areas.
Another half-inch or inch is possible across the region this afternoon, according to the weather service.
A flash flood warning means that flooding is imminent or occurring and if you’re in an area prone to flooding, it’s best to move to higher ground immediately.
The heavy rainfall is a result of an unseasonably moist air mass. The rain will taper off in the afternoon through late tonight.
This is a developing story. Check back to PilotOnline.com for updates.
Robyn Sidersky, 757-222-5117, email@example.com
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