High water forces road, school closures in Virginia Beach and Norfolk

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High water in Kempsville Lake Wednesday morning. (Photo courtesy Logan Nardo/Southside Daily)
High water in Kempsville Lake Wednesday morning. (Photo courtesy Logan Nardo/Southside Daily)

High water forced school and road closures in Virginia Beach and Norfolk Wednesday.

Virginia Beach City Public Schools and administrative offices are closed, the school system tweeted Wednesday morning, citing flooding in parking lots and on roads. The website for Norfolk Public Schools also announced this morning its schools are closed due to excessive street flooding.

“I don’t think we’ve had flooding to the extremes that we had in so many of our areas today,” Eileen Cox, spokesperson for Virginia Beach City Public Schools, said in a phone interview. “I don’t think that happens very often.”

On Thursday, Virginia Beach students will attend classes listed on their A schedules, the school system also tweeted out Wednesday morning. An “A” schedule is a term used by the schools for scheduling purposes. Thursdays are typically an A schedule day anyway, Cox said.

A spokesperson for Norfolk’s public schools could not be reached for comment immediately. The City of Norfolk reminded its residents in a tweet Wednesday morning about where to sign up for emergency alerts.

In Virginia Beach, Sandbridge Road is closed until further notice, according to a release from the Virginia Beach Police Department. The city and the police have cautioned drivers to stay off the roads in Sandbridge. Parts of Sandpiper Road and Sandfiddler Road are impassable for many cars, according to a separate release.

In addition, interstate ramps were closed Wednesday morning and have since reopened: I-264 eastbound/westbound to Victory Boulevard, I-264 westbound to Campostella Road, according to releases from the Virginia Department of Transportation.

The on-ramp from Independence Boulevard northbound to I-264 east is closed.

This story has been updated to reflect additional information about roads and schools in the region. This is a developing story and further updates will be made as needed.





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Joan Quigley is a former Miami Herald business reporter, a graduate of Columbia Journalism School and an attorney. Her writing has appeared in the Washington Post, TIME.com, nationalgeographic.com and Talking Points Memo. Her recent book, Just Another Southern Town: Mary Church Terrell and the Struggle for Racial Justice in the Nation’s Capital, was shortlisted for the 2017 Mark Lynton History Prize. Her first book, The Day the Earth Caved In: An American Mining Tragedy, won the 2005 J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award.