DELTAVILLE, VA (WWBT) - People who live along the water in Deltaville are picking up the mess left by Irene, including rocks which are part of a make-shift jetty. They were pushed back by the storm surge.
At daybreak, Bubba Chalkley scoured the Rappahannock shoreline for wood from his pier, one of many ripped apart by Irene.
"Just trying to save what I can," said Chalkley.
Chalkley rode out the hurricane at home. He kept power, but lost water.
"It got worse than I thought it was going to be," said Chalkley.
Riverside Drive was impassable late Saturday. A ride through the same road Sunday morning revealed more sand than water. A huge tree blocked one path in.
Water also overflowed the Fishing Bay Harbor marina where James Woodson Major was resting on his boat before the storm got bad. When the tide came up, Major, was forced to stay put.
"Then it started banging up against the slips. The wind never stopped blowing," said Major.
Hours after Irene moved up the coast, a big difference.
The water receded. Major was happy to be back on dry land.
"(Your take-away of Irene?) Good-bye I'm glad it's gone," said Major.
Hours after Irene passed, emergency crews in Deltaville dealt with trees that couldn't withstand strong winds. Some of them are in the roads.
The Chesapeake Bay returned to normal, where hours earlier it looked like rough seas. Steve Hinrichs slept through most of it at a home overlooking the bay.
"Water never breached the road so we were fine," said Hinrichs.
While the bay front seemed unscathed. The riverfront is another story. One Chalkley is all too familiar with and will likely tell again.
"Just living the dream," said Chalkley.
The mess will take some time to clean up. Emergency officials said no injuries were reported.