Families in Hampton deal with aftermath of Monday's storm

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Posted at 6:40 PM, Jan 04, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-04 19:03:47-05

HAMPTON, Va.— Monday's winter storm was a rude awakening for some families, and now they're dealing with the aftermath.

"I'm used to it. I've seen it all before it happens constantly," Gene Duda, a former resident of the Fox Hill area.

Many who live in Fox Hill have come to accept the flooding, but it's also driven Duda away.

"Flood insurance was going through the roof, I mean every year they going up 10-15% on flood insurance, if you're in a flood zone there changing the flood rules. It just makes it harder and harder for people to live in an area like this and it makes it more expensive" said Duda.

One woman tells News 3 she's been watching her neighbors clean up any messes the storm made since this morning.

"When the water starts getting high the winds are blowing a lot of the debris from the woods because we're surrounded by woods. The debris is mixed in with that so there's always clean up afterwards," Rachel Harris, a Fox Hill resident said.

With much water families saw Tuesday, another issue was cars getting stuck, leaving Harris concerned about her car.

"The water got up to the bottom of my door so all the water here surrounded by the salt water, I have to get this cleaned underneath so nothing happens to my vehicle" said Harris.

Car experts said families should get their car towed in, rather than trying to start it if it was in the water for a long period of time.

"If it sucked up a lot of water inside the motor it can basically damage a bunch of stuff inside," Won O, mechanic/owner of Hampton Roads Car Care said.

Although O didn't see a lot of cars needing work Tuesday with the storm that passed, we asked him what families can do to prevent their car from damage if flooding occurs again and he gives drivers advice.

"Stay home. If you don't have a reason to drive stay home to be safe, and the car will be safe" said O.

Water for the most part in the neighborhood has dried up. But families tell us they do encourage drivers to slow down for those areas that are still damp from the storm.