VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WVEC) – Over a hundred people packed inside the Municipal Center Wednesday night. Homeowners wanted answers on what the city is doing to tackle flooding in their neighborhood.
"We got 13-16 inches of rain, I needed 16-18 inches of rain for it to go in my house,” explained homeowner Michael Gladden.
Michael Gladden and his wife just moved to the Ashville Park Neighborhood right before Hurricane Matthew hit. Gladden said water came almost half way up the stop sign in front of their house.
He said, "We were like, ok it's raining, it's raining. It’s still raining. Oh my gosh, the drops are getting bigger."
Hurricane Matthew is just one reason why several homeowners in the Ashville Park Neighborhood showed up Wednesday night to the Princess Anne District Stormwater Public Meeting. Some wanted answers on future development and if that will increase flooding while others wanted to make sure it wasn't going to affect them.
"I’m concerned about taking water from one area and then pumping it into another and saying their models say it's not going to cause flooding on Sandbridge Road," Bill Brown explained.
The city has big plans for the area that include adding more stormwater ponds to replacing culverts and adding tide gates to block the flow of water.
"It also involves a pump station that when it is not raining, that pump station will continue to pump those lakes down lower so the lakes will be as lower so when it rains it will catch all of the water," explained Deputy City Manager Thomas Leahy
Neighbors hope it happens, before another storm like Hurricane Matthew happens again.
Projects are also planned in two other neighborhoods, like Sherwood Lakes and Kingston Estates. Some of the construction is expected to start in 2018.