At least 4 killed, hundreds displaced by floodwaters in Elizabeth

At least four people are dead and about 600 others are displaced in Elizabeth by floodwaters caused by remnants from Ida.

News 12 Staff

Sep 3, 2021, 2:20 AM

Updated 952 days ago

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At least four people are dead and about 600 others are displaced in Elizabeth by floodwaters caused by remnants from Ida.
Emotions are running high for some residents of Oakwood Plaza. People who live in the complex say that they feel that they have been forgotten. And they are mourning the loss of their neighbors who died during the storm.
Resident Quiency Smith says that he heard his neighbors calling for help.
“I’m stuck. I need help. Can ya’ll please help?” Smith recalls. He says that it is something that he will never forget.
“It was just a very scary, nasty scene. Especially knowing these people that we grew up with, knowing that it was kids and couldn’t do nothing about it. It’s like you was just watching people die,” he says.
“The Elizabeth River became a raging river at some points, especially at the Oakwood Plaza complex,” says Elizabeth Mayor Chris Bollwage.
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Bollwage confirms that four people died in two separate units – a man and woman in their 70s and another man and woman in their 30s. Firefighters found the bodies during a door-to-door search of the 275-unit complex. Other residents made it out once the rescue boats arrived.
“I thought I was going to die because I figured once the water reached to my window, it was going to start coming in through the window and I wouldn’t have no way out,” says resident Debra Latham.
The mayor says that this part of the city isn’t prone to flooding, even though the Elizabeth River runs right through the area. He said that the area hasn’t seen this kind of flooding in almost 50 years.
Utility services have been turned off so that crews can start the cleanup process. Officials say that it could take months. Residents were shuttled by buses to nearby schools for temporary shelter, and from there they'll meet with Red Cross representatives.


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