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Downpours cause road issues, prompt closures, schedule changes across Hampton Roads

Heavy rain moved into the area and started pounding away. The flooding that came with made many roads impassable and cause other problems for drivers and others.

NORFOLK, Va. — Thursday morning, as rain hammered Hampton Roads, many cities and counties experienced flooded roads and areas.

Our team of meteorologists said the models showed that approximately 3-4 inches of rain were likely in most areas, with some neighborhoods facing the possibility of 6 inches rain.

With that amount of rain, it's quite possible that standing water will cause some traffic troubles and driving headaches for motorists.

At least part of Dam Neck Road in Virginia Beach was one spot where the water covered the roadway and seemed to be rising.

Some schools, including public schools in Isle of Wight County and Northampton County, sent students home early because of the flooding.

The city of Portsmouth was set to open its Middle Street and County Street garages for cars that usually park in low-lying areas Thursday night at 5 p.m. Those cars have to be moved out of the garages by 7 a.m. on Friday, November 13.

Here are some of the roads that were impacted by high water levels at 4:30 p.m. This list is not exhaustive:


  • Booker Street
  • Durham Street


  • Azalea Garden Road


  • Frederick Blvd. from Turnpike Rd. to Deep Creek Blvd.
  • I-264 Ramps to Frederick Blvd. Closed in Both Directions
  • Airline Blvd. at the intersection with Victory Blvd.
  • Multiple locations along Elm Ave.  and along Effingham St.
  • Rodman Ave. at High Street
  • Rodman Ave. at King Street
  • Churchland Blvd. at Academy Ave.
  • Twin Pines Rd. at Towne Point Rd. to the Suffolk border
  • Virginia Ave. at Portland St.
  • Greenwood Dr. at Deep Creek Blvd.
  • George Washington Highway at Elm Ave.  (Scotts Center Area)

The Downtown and Midtown Tunnels remain open at this time. 

Virginia Beach:

Bow Creek Recreation Center is closed due to flooded roads in the surrounding area.


  • 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 


  • 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.          

The rain was expected to keep falling at some level through Friday morning.

When out on the roads, it's important to remember that driving through flooded roads is dangerous. "Turn around, don't drown" is the rule of thumb for staying safe in heavy rain.

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