Special Report: Chesapeake couple left high and dry after paying contractor $180,000 of taxpayer money

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) – A Chesapeake couple contacted 10 On Your Side because they said their frustrations are at an all-time high. The couple explained that they paid a Virginia Beach contractor federal money to raise their home from flooding, but the work stopped shortly after it started and months later nothing has been done. 

“This is our paradise,” said Joann Thomas.

When Joann and Bobby Thomas moved to Chesapeake 32 years ago, they wanted a place right on the water.

“We had very good times here,” Thomas added.

They chose a home on the Elizabeth River on a street fittingly named Deepwater Drive.

“I used to come home from work and enjoy coming out here,” Thomas said.

Those enjoyable days ended in 1996.  That’s when the flooding started and it has only progressively gotten worse.

“Twice it happened to us when it came through the whole house,” Thomas said.  

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