Dozens of city roads affected by flooding

Published 10:34 am Friday, September 18, 2020

Several roads throughout Suffolk have flood-related roadway closures and high water. Conditions may change rapidly, so stay away while traveling.

  • 1300 block Holland Road not passable
  • West Constance Road at Second Avenue not passable
  • 100 block of East Constance high water
  • Driver Lane not passable
  • Driver Lane at Sleepy Hole Road not passable
  • Bennetts Pasture Road at Kings Highway not passable
  • 2400 block of Manning Road at Copeland Road not passable
  • Old Myrtle Road between Old Mill and Little Creek Road high water
  • Old Mill at Old Myrtle Road high water
  • Old Mill at railroad tracks high water
  • 4700 block Sleepy Hole Road not passable
  • Everets Road at Audobon Road not passable
  • 1500 block Manning Road high water
  • Longstreet Lane between Quince Road and Dutch Road high water
  • 600 block Railroad Avenue not passable
  • Old Mill at the bridge between Indian Trail and Old Myrtle Road not passable
  • Audobon Road not passable
  • 4200 to 4300 block Sleepy Hole Road high water
  • 5500 block Mineral Spring Road high water
  • 600 block North Liberty Spring Road high water
  • Lummis Road at Copeland Road high water
  • 400 block Lummis Road high water
  • OKelly Drive at Quaker Road high water
  • 4300 block Shoulders Hill Road high water
  • 4900 block Holy Neck Road high water
  • 8300 block Pineview Road high water
  • Moore Farm Lane not passable
  • Hosier Road between White Marsh Road and Badger Road not passable

To report roadway issues, please contact Suffolk Public Works at 514-7600.

The National Weather Service in Wakefield has issued a Flash Flood Warning that includes the cities of Suffolk, Portsmouth, Norfolk and Chesapeake that is in effect until 12:15 p.m. today. A Flood Warning means that flooding is imminent or occurring.

This afternoon’s high tide is expected to impact roads that are typically affected by tidal flooding through the evening hours. Additional rainfall amounts throughout the day are expected to be light.

Drivers should exercise extreme caution, including:

  • Pay attention to barricades. Don’t ignore them by driving past them.
  • Do not drive through standing water on roads or in parking lots. Attempting to drive through water also may stall your engine, with the potential to cause irreparable damage if you try to restart the engine. If you come upon a flooded street, take an alternate route.

If no alternate route exists and you have no other reasonable alternative but to drive through standing water, take the following extra precautions:

  • Do your best to estimate the depth of the water (if other cars are driving through, take note of how deep the water is).
  • Drive slowly and steadily through the water.
  • If you have driven through water up to the wheel rims or higher, test your brakes on a clear patch of road at low speed. If they are wet and not stopping the vehicle as they should, dry them by pressing gently on the brake pedal with your left foot while maintaining speed with your right foot.
  • Be especially careful at night and early morning as it can be difficult to see water and its depth across the roadway.
  • Be aware that road erosion can occur anytime there is running or standing water on the roadway.

Remember, it only takes six inches of water to reach the bottoms of most car doors and one foot of water to float most vehicles.