People prepare for the worst of Hurricane Matthew

Homeowners getting ready for more rain

HAMPTON, Va. (WVEC) -- The biggest problem Hampton Roads will see from Hurricane Matthew is more rain.

Which is an issue considering last month was the second wettest September in more than a hundred years. Nearly 14 inches of rain fell across the Hampton Roads area. The ground is already saturated, meaning it doesn't take much to cause a tree to fall down.

Homeowners in Newport News and Hampton are making sure that doesn't happen to them. 

Debbie Wojcik is not taking any chances this weekend. She's cutting down two trees in her yard just to be safe.

“They need to come down one way or another and before the storm is what we prefer,” Wojcik said.

Tree services in Hampton Roads have been extremely busy in the last week. They're getting twice as many calls as they normally do.

Joseph Normandeau with Cut 'Em Down Tree Service said they have been working from sunup to sundown.

“Everyone is actually scared,” Normandeau said. “They have leaning trees and dead trees around their house.”

In Newport News, Russell Kenwood with R&K tree service says their phones are ringing off the hook.

“Usually we get about six or seven calls a day,” Kenwood says. “In the last two weeks we have been getting 25 on average per day.”

Having gone through Hurricane Isabel, Wojcik is preparing for the worst.

“I love the trees and I don't want to lose the shade but I'd rather protect our homes are cars,” Wojcik says.
 


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