Flooding closes some roads, schools

Floodwaters from the Shenandoah River flow over the Artz Road bridge east of Woodstock on Wednesday. Area rain and melting snow made waters rise throughout the region. Rich Cooley/Daily

The combined effects of melting snow and heavy midday rain caused scattered flooding Wednesday that led to early dismissal of Shenandoah County Public Schools at 1 p.m.

Officials in Front Royal closed the 8th Street bridge as creeks and rivers rose in and around town. VDOT officials reported a total of 31 road closures in Clarke, Frederick, Shenandoah and Warren counties by mid-afternoon.

Shenandoah County Administrator Mary Beth Price said the school division was the only public facility she knew of that was disrupted by the weather.

“We’re not affected too badly at this point,” Price said.

The rain tapered off in the afternoon, but the National Weather Service issued a flood warning late in the day for southeastern Frederick County and areas to the east until 12:45 a.m. The weather service listed Stephens City, Berryville and White Post among the communities vulnerable to rising waterways while the flood warning remained in effect.

Public schools in Warren and Frederick counties remained open through the day.

Warren County Fire Chief Richard E. Mabie said the roads he checked on during the middle of the day were clear.

“The river is probably a little more than a bank full in a couple of places,” Mabie said. “In a couple places, it is coming out of its banks. Most of the streams are running full.”

The weather service said clouds Wednesday night will give way to clear skies today and a high near 47. Tonight is expected to be partly cloudy with a low around 28.

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or jbeck@nvdaily.com