Hurricane takes a wet swipe at Suffolk

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, August 17, 2004

Suffolk was doused with more than six inches of rain over the weekend, forcing ditches, creeks and swamps to flood dozens of low-lying roadways throughout the city.

&uot;Things are finally starting to recede today,&uot; Capt. James T. Judkins, the city’s emergency services coordinator, said Monday. &uot;Ditches all over the city are filled to capacity; they aren’t equipped to handle this much rainfall.

&uot;At least one road, the 700 block of Buckhorn Drive, was impassable this morning because of knee-deep water.&uot;


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Despite the heavy rainfall, Suffolk got &uot;extremely lucky&uot; this weekend, Judkins said.

Official had prepared for more severe weather, activating the city’s Emergency Operations Center at the White Marsh Road fire station around noon Saturday and declaring a state of emergency in the city.

Seven people sought refuge in the two emergency shelters the city opened, Judkins said.

&uot;Many of them live in mobile homes and had trees fall on them during Hurricane Isabel,&uot; he said. &uot;They went home as soon as the danger passed.&uot;

Suffolk Police Department spokeswoman Lt. Debbie George said the department responded to weather-related accident calls throughout the weekend. None of them resulted in serious injuries, she said.

With the exception of a few homes on Airport Road, there were no power outages in Suffolk, Judkins said. Virginia Dominion Power restored service to that community fairly quickly, he added.