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Rain results in numerous Warren County vehicle rescues

Thursday evening’s rainfall made for a busy night for Warren County Fire and Rescue as units rescued about 10 people from stranded vehicles.

Fire Chief Richard Mabie stated in a news release that these rescues occurred primarily in Linden, Blue Mountain and Shenandoah Farms. He said those areas received about three inches of rain over an hour and a half, which was more than the rest of the county.

Mabie said units were first dispatched to the railroad trestle on John Marshall Highway in response to a vehicle containing a “subject trapped in the high water.” He said swift water rescue team members encountered fast moving water but were able to rescue the stranded individual without incident.

Soon after that, the release states, rescue boats were dispatched to the 700 block of Dismal Hollow Road in response to another stranded passenger who “self-rescued” as units arrived.

Mabie said another call was then received for a stranded vehicle in the 900 block of Dismal Hollow Road in which two people were stranded. Both occupants, he said, “were walked out by firefighters.”

In yet another nearby vehicle, Mabie said that a person was rescued by an off-duty firefighter in his private vehicle. He said rescue boats were then dispatched to Howellsville Road for a water rescue in which two occupants were rescued from a stranded vehicle.

The release did not indicate whether any injuries occurred and Mabie could not be reached by phone for comment.

Mabie noted in the release that the rain resulted in serious road damage and “washed out surfaces” along Oregon Hollow Road and Howellsville Road.

Shannon Walters, Shenandoah County Fire and Rescue  assistant, said over the phone that no weather-related traffic incidents were reported. Regarding the state of county roads, she referred to Fire Marshal David Ferguson, who did not return a phone message.

The Virginia Department of Transportation’s list of road closures, as of about 5 p.m. Friday,  included 11 secondary roads in Shenandoah County and two secondary roads in Warren County.

A Town of Front Royal news release states that the Manassas Avenue Extended waste disposal site will be closed through the weekend due to flooding.

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