Flood caused $2.6 million in damage
The July 13 flood in Woodstock caused about $2.6 million in damage to businesses, roads and farms.
Chief Gary Yew, with the Shenandoah County Department of Fire and Rescue, said Monday he recently submitted damage estimates to the Virginia Department of Emergency Management. Shenandoah County issued a local emergency on behalf of Woodstock as the floodwater rose downtown. By issuing the emergency, the county can apply for state aid to help offset some of the damage costs.
The VDEM issued a statement Monday indicating that it had received the damage assessment date from the county that includes information on Woodstock.
“We are currently evaluating that data with county officials and scheduling a site visit by a team of assessors to validate the damage and discuss next steps,” the VDEM statement provided by External Affairs Director Dawn Eischen reads.
Private residences and businesses bore the brunt of the damage, estimated at $1.92 million.
“As far as everything owned by individuals, privately owned residences or businesses, everything was insured,” Yew said. “So, traditionally, if everything’s insured you would not be eligible for any type of public assistance unless they would choose perhaps to make Small Business Administration, low-interest loans available.”
Some property owners close to the stream that flooded have flood insurance, the chief noted.
“We’re still waiting to see what the state decides,” Yew added.
The county can qualify for aid if the damage assessments meet certain thresholds set by the state agency, Yew explained. Flooding caused minimal damage, if any, to county facilities. Usually the county seeks state aid to help cover the cost of the response to an emergency, Yew said.
“Obviously staff has overtime and you have equipment cost issues,” Yew said. “Sometimes those types of things can be recovered.”
The initial assessment of $24,000 of Woodstock’s public property includes damage to public buildings, roads and bridges; use of equipment and utilities; and emergency protective measures.
Woodstock Town Manager Reid Wodicka said flooding primarily affected two bridges on Park Avenue.
“We just had some areas that were undercut by the rushing water,” Wodicka said.
Town crews repaired roads and infrastructure in Woodstock while the Virginia Department of Transportation did work in the county. VDOT estimated $400,000 for damage and repairs to roads it maintains and the cost to remove debris.
The town repaired the damage along Park Avenue to make the road drivable but crews plan to repave the section in August as part of its regular schedule, Wodicka said.
The town saw a significant amount of rain flow into the wastewater treatment plant and that caused some problems, Wodicka said. The water carried gravel and grit into the plant that the facility cannot process. The town paid a contractor to remove the gravel, Wodicka said. The cost to address the problem at the plant was included in the town’s estimate.
The heavy rainfall caused minimal water damage to the rear of the town administration building on Main Street, Wodicka said.
Flooding also damaged crops, stream crossings and farm roads as well as destroyed hay to the tune of about $250,000, Yew said.
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