Residents, drivers frustrated with flooding in Newport News

Posted at 1:35 AM, Aug 29, 2012
and last updated 2012-08-29 01:35:48-04

Clara Coleman and her aunt couldn't get dry quickly enough.

Their legs made short strides, kicking through knee-deep water as they went for higher land after Coleman's car got stuck on Roanoke Avenue.

"It was a mess because I had never been in nothing like this before, never," Coleman said. "I ran right into the street, and before I knew it, all this water and my car just stalled out."

People she had never met took her in, offering her a towel and a change of clothes.

"It's a loving feeling, people do care," Coleman said.

Children played in the water. They were probably the only ones who welcomed the flood. On Grayson Avenue, Michael Benton sure didn't.

"We're thinking about selling our home in the next year or two and how do you sell a home that floods?" Benton said.

Flooding like this hadn't been a problem before.

"This can't be happening again two days later?" Benton said. "We just got the floor pressure washed and all the muck out, and now, as you can see, it's going across the road."