Severe wind and rain deluged the region Sunday as police fielded dozens of calls while facing water issues of their own.
Code Red alerts from the National Weather Service warned residents in Shenandoah and Frederick counties residents to expect severe thunderstorms Sunday and that more harsh conditions were on the horizon on Monday through today.
Kevin Witt, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said Monday afternoon there are “a lot more showers and storms coming.”
Shenandoah County can expect between 1 to 1 1/2 inches of rain through today, Witt said, with some areas receiving as much as 3 to 4 inches.
Witt said flash flooding was likely as well as more thunder and lightning before the weather clears up by the middle of the week.
“I think it’s a moderate to high chance of seeing some flooding [and] moderate chance to see some moderate to severe lightning storms,” Witt said. “Both moderate to high is something to heed.”
While the chances of flooding are still moderate, Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office deputies already have dealt with their share of water issues. Once again, Capt. Wesley Dellinger said the Sheriff’s Office had to work around minor flooding in their building.
“It was one of many occurrences we’ve had over several years,” Capt. Dellinger said. “We are looking forward to the new facility and hopefully we don’t have these water issues again.“
Dellinger said deputies in the office started calling him around 7 p.m. Sunday to let him know about problems there.
Officers had plenty going on, Dellinger said, as most of the deputies were already out dealing with calls related to the storm. He said additional staff members came in on Sunday to help field calls and move items out of harm’s way from the flooding.
Everyone not in the office was dealing with flooding on roads and more severe damage, Dellinger said.
“We responded to numerous calls for roadways being blocked with high water [and] several trees that were blown down due to the wind,” he said. “Calls were from anywhere from Conicville area to Woodstock and a little bit north of Woodstock.”
In many instances with downed trees, Dellinger said, deputies can use their chainsaws to help clear roads. But for flooded roads or downed power lines, he said, the deputies are there to facilitate traffic and make space for the Virginia Department of Transportation crews to get to work.
In cases of downed power lines, Dellinger said the main job is to block people from walking on or driving over the downed lines.
Deputies can expect to see more weather-related calls at least through noon today, Witt said, but the climate will dry up until the weekend.
“Once the heat and humidity return over the weekend,” Witt said, “it will bring back chances of showers and storms again.”