NVDaily update: Flash flooding prompts evacuations, road closures
Monday, July 13
Flash flooding in the Woodstock area Monday morning prompted evacuations and road closings.
The flooding forced at least 45 people from their residences at the Wood Park Lane Trailer Park, many of whom were taken to an emergency shelter that was established at Peter Muhlenberg Middle School. A few hours earlier, 74 people were taken from the Greenfield of Woodstock assisted living center to temporary housing at the Comfort Inn.
Shenandoah County Fire Marshal David Ferguson said the trailer park will remain unoccupied until the county building inspector has deemed the units fit for occupancy again. Ferguson said no injuries have been reported, but state and local public safety officials were concerned about submerged electrical boxes, leakage from fuel and kerosene containers and the possiblity of sewage leaks. Law enforcement officials and a hazardous waste coordinator from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management were also on site.
Ferguson said electricity to the trailer park had been cut off to prevent electrical shocks and fires.
Wood Park residents reported wading through knee-deep water to dry ground after being told to evacuate at around 10:30 a.m.
Ferguson said water in the trailer park was waist deep in some places. Rising water also closed bridges, roads and businesses throughout Woodstock.
“The flood damage is some of the worst I’ve seen in my career,” Ferguson said.
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Local state of emergency
Shenandoah County’s County Administrator Mary Beth Price declared a local state of emergency Monday as a result of the flash flood that ripped through Woodstock.
Price also closed the county government center on North Main Street for the day because of the flooding. Woodstock’s Town Office was still open as of Monday afternoon.
By declaring a state of emergency in the county Woodstock could qualify for funds to help cover the cost of the flooding to the town.
While spared much of the flooding, Edinburg’s town hall was closed for some time Monday morning because workers affected by blocked roads could not make it to the office.
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10:51 a.m. update
At 10:51 a.m. today the National Weather Service reported that the Shenandoah River below the Burnshire Dam was near flood stage at 9.1 feet.
A flash flood warning was in effect until 11:30 a.m. today for central Shenandoah County, southwestern Warren County and Northeastern Page county.
At 8:50 a.m. today the weather service reported: “Flash flooding is already occurring. Heavy rain is ending…And reports are that floodwaters are beginning to recede…however numerous roads are still flooded and closed.”
The weather service reported flooding in Woodstock, Edinburg, Bentonville, Rileyville, Seven Fountains, Compton, Harmony, Kings Crossing, Saint David’s Church and Dilbeck after 3 to 4 inches of rain fell on the area from Fort Valley to Woodstock.
More scattered thunderstorms are expected this afternoon.
“Thunderstorms will contain heavy rainfall that could lead to localized flash flooding of small streams…creeks and urban areas,” according to a weather service statement.
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