Flooding Caused Hazards During the Storm on the Eastern Shore

By Bill O’Mara, Eastern Shore Injury Lawyer

Snow has made headlines across Virginia this weekend, but on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, flooding and high north easterly winds were also a constant danger as the snow subsided.

Delmarva.now noted how Charles Herron of Onancock thought the winter storm would get much worse. But when he woke up about 7 a.m. Saturday, he found no evidence of the 4 inches that had accumulated on his deck.

Driving to Chincoteague can be dangerous in storms. This is a nor easter.

The 2 to 4 inches of snow that had coated Virginia’s Eastern Shore on Friday was replaced on Saturday morning by persistent rain and heavy northeast winds.

The National Weather Service office in Wakefield, Virginia, issued a high wind warning for the Eastern Shore until 4 a.m. Sunday. Meteorologists forecast wind speeds up to 40 mph with gusts reaching up to 60 mph. The conditions made for dangerous driving conditions for much of the weekend and speed limits were reduced on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel.

Towns on the coast including Wachapreague, Willis Wharf, and Chincoteague, saw substantial tidal flooding due to the high winds.

Wachapreague resident Lynn Bowen and her husband told Delmarvanow.com that they took a drive down to Seaside Park to view the high coastal waters that completely covered the parking lots of the Island House Restaurant and Capt. Zed’s Bait and Tackle. Numerous dune breaches have occurred along the Atlantic coast with low-lying communities around the Inland Bays experiencing significant flooding.

If you see flood water on the road you should be very careful about driving through it. You don’t know how deep it is and what obstacles may be lurking under the water. In such conditions, cars can give out and it’s easy to be swept away.

If you were injured due to the fault of another in the poor weather conditions, you should call our Eastern Shore of Virginia attorneys at 757.455.0077.

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