Town, county respond to flooding
Flooding in central Shenandoah County disrupted some local government operations Monday.
County Administrator Mary Beth Price declared a local state of emergency in Shenandoah County on behalf of Woodstock by Monday afternoon. Price also ordered the county government center on North Main Street closed because floodwaters had blocked parts of U.S. 11 in Woodstock, making it nearly impossible for workers or residents to make it to the offices.
Shenandoah County General District Court canceled court Monday morning but opened for the afternoon as floodwaters receded. Edinburg delayed opening its town office Monday because of flooding.
By declaring a state of emergency, Woodstock can apply for funds to help cover the cost of cleaning up damage caused by the flooding, Price explained.
“They’ll be able to have access to that funding if anything were to become available,” Price said.
Shortly after 1 p.m., Town Manager Reid Wodicka said crews were in the process of cleaning up debris and to keep roads cleared for traffic. A few roads and bridges in and around town sustained flood damage and repairs would be made over the next day or so, Wodicka said. By late afternoon all roads in town were open except Massanutten Heights. Floodwaters damaged the bridge and asphalt at the intersection of Park Avenue, Massanutten Heights and Ox Road. A contractor was hired to make temporary repairs to Ox Road.
“All in all we were very lucky,” Wodicka said.
The town issued an update Monday afternoon advising residents and property owners that Woodstock is working with Shenandoah County Emergency Services and the Virginia Department of Emergency Management. The availability of funds for repairs to public and private property will be subject to state and federal evaluation of the flood.
Some water flowed into the back of the Woodstock town office building but created no serious problems, Wodicka said.
“That’s been a real problem here before,” Wodicka recalled. “Some repairs and fixes have been made in the past so we did not have any problem.”
Whether the town could take measures to minimize the flooding likely remains uncertain. Woodstock’s capital improvements plan includes a hydrology study on Spring Hollow, the stream that flooded in town.
“Unfortunately, when it rains it pours,” Wodicka said.
“We need to understand where any backups may be so that’ll allow us to model the stream and to understand what’s going on with Spring Hollow,” Wodicka added. “Unfortunately, it’s just an urbanized area that has surrounded a stream that has a tendency to flood.”
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