Woodstock residents were caught by surprise Monday morning when they discovered water rushing through the town’s streets after 3 to nearly 5 inches of rain had fallen. Many people had to be evacuated from their homes due to the high water, which at one point in one area was reported to be waist high.

Much appreciation goes out to the many people who responded to help during this emergency. They include volunteer and county fire and rescue personnel; local, county and state police; county and town employees; Virginia Department of Transportation; the Department of Social Services; the American Red Cross; and personnel from Shenandoah County Public Schools.

Thankfully no injuries related to this event were reported, but now water damage has to be calculated, insurance papers need to be filed and cleanup must begin. Also, a discussion needs to be held – can future flooding in the town of Woodstock be prevented? This isn’t the first time flooding has hit this area, and it’s a sure thing that it’s not the last time.