When a storm hits - as they frequently do in the Hampton Roads/eastern Virginia region - Virginia Department of Transportation crews removing debris and assisting stranded motorists is not an uncommon sight.

But, according to a VDOT statement issued Friday, highway crews went further in their efforts to assist during Hurricane Sandy.

VDOT crews cleared debris, recovering access to the island town of Saxis and the village of Sanford when the storm's "sudden tidal surge of nearly 7 feet, which lasted from Sunday, Oct. 28 through Tuesday, Oct. 30, prevented many bayside residents from evacuating," the statement said.

In responding to a request by the Department of Public Safety, VDOT crews also navigated trucks through high water to rescue a family of six that was trapped in their Sanford home. Additionally, crews cleared the way, while the Chincoteague Causeway was closed Sunday evening, so emergency response teams could rescue someone in need of medical attention and helped distribute emergency supplies throughout the storm.

All roads are currently open in Accomack and Northampton counties which were among the hardest hit localities in Virginia.