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Storm leaves behind damage and flooded streets in the Tri-Cities

Posted at 3:32 PM, Aug 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-04 19:01:41-04

PETERSBURG, Va. -- Tropical Storm Isaias produced heavy rainfall and high winds in the Tri-cities, leaving behind damage and flooded streets, some which have been problem areas for more than a decade.

In Dinwiddie County, the remains of pop-up-tents litter the side of one yard, while on the back deck, a table umbrella has no table after it was shattered during the storm.

Nearby, creeks overflowed their banks, creeping towards houses and car in driveways.

In Petersburg, the rain backed water up across several streets, though some drivers took chances, to drive through it anyway.

Neighbors on Monticello Street say if rain is in the forecast, you'd better move your car.

"You don't move your car, before it rains, you're going to get wet, ankles, you're wet," said Anthony Edmonds. "When it rains, when the weather's bad, it always floods."

Monday morning, Petersburg Public Works Crews were at the intersection of Monticello and South Boulevard, a known hot spot for flooding.

Crews used a jet truck to clear the drains on both sides of the street.

Tuesday morning, during the rains, it flooded again.

Edmonds says cleaning the drainage pipes isn't enough.

"It does nothing, the road, the sidewalk, into the grass... still floods, as if nothing has been done," he added.

In May of 2018, CBS 6 cameras were at the same intersection after neighbors emailed CBS 6 Problem Solvers, complaining about the constant flooding.

For Anthony Edmonds, the only solution to the flooding is to make a change.

"Old pipes, small pipes, I really think they need to be re-done," said Edmonds.