Are storm drains to blame for Oceanfront flooding?

Posted at 10:51 AM, Jun 03, 2015

Virginia Beach, Va. - On Wednesday, the Virginia Beach Department of Public Works checked out the drains at the Oceanfront. Storms caused major flooding in the area on Tuesday.

Tony Pellino moved about his surf shop using his paddleboard. It's the aftermath of the heavy rains and hail that pounded Virginia Beach.

Pellino's surf shop was one of the hardest hit with up to nine inches of water flooding his business.

"It's pretty upsetting, but luckily 90% of everything I have in here floats, so there is not a lot of damage that needs to be replaced or repaired."

The storm brought heavy winds those winds caused a tree to crash onto a home on Beautiful Street, off Birdneck Road.

Neighbors say no one lived there.

All that rain and flooding pushed debris throughout yards at the Oceanfront leaving Bobby Hartman to clean up the mess.

NewsChannel 3 checked with Public Works about why there was flooding on 16th Street on Tuesday.

A spokesman says a storm drain was partially blocked.

He also says a lake into which the water drains, was very full from all the rain. He says crews will go back to 16th Street Wednesday morning to check on the drains.