Area saw 5-9 inches of rain in past week: Meteorologist says the average rainfall for May is 4-6 inches

Shenandoah County should be drying out the next couple days, allowing the swollen Shenandoah River to recede.

Shenandoah County should be drying out the next couple days, allowing the swollen Shenandoah River to recede.

“Once we get through today, it is expected to dry up the next couple days,” said Brandon Fling, a meteorologist at the Sterling office of the National Weather Service.

Over an eight-day period, the northern part of Shenandoah County saw about 6 inches of rain, Frederick County saw about 9 inches and about 5 1/2 inches fell on Warren County, said Jeremy Geiger, another meteorologist at the Sterling office.

“That is above normal,” Geiger said.

He estimated the average rainfall total for the entire month of May is from four to six inches.

Shenandoah County Fire and Rescue Chief Tim Williams said rain that fell on Rockingham County on Monday night caused problems locally on Tuesday.

Rockingham County, Fling said, had 6-7 inches rainfall overnight.

Flooding occurred downstream in Shenandoah County as a result, mostly in the North Fork area.

The river near Mount Jackson crested at 15 feet about 10 a.m. Tuesday. Flood stage is 13 feet, Fling said, adding that water in the Quickburg area also rose rapidly.

“The river there was about 4.5 feet just before 9 p.m. Monday. By 2:30 a..m. it was at 17 feet. That is a huge rise over six hours,” Fling said.

Some areas were placed under flood warnings.  Williams said there was one reported high water incident, but that they did not see an increase in calls to his agency.

“We did have one gentleman who drove his car into the water on Quicksburg Road, where it crosses the river in Quicksburg. He self-rescued before we got there. He got himself out of his vehicle and onto dry land,” Williams said. “Do not drive into standing water, the power of water is phenomenal.”

He added that there were a lot of road closures during the past eight days, “but we are used to that here.”

Ken Slack, a spokesperson for the Virginia Department of Transportation, confirmed the road closures over past eight days.

“We reached a high of 62 closed roads in our Edinburg Residency (the counties of Shenandoah, Frederick, Clarke, and Warren) on Friday morning before the waters started to recede. More than half were in Shenandoah County,” Slack said.