Monday, January 25, 2010

Flash floods in Augusta County

Water gushes in this mountain stream in Pastures District in western Augusta County.
High water signs were seen throughout the county.
Behind St. James Church in Churchville.
Churchville community park where picnic shelter, horseshoe pits, and playground were all flooded.
The playground behind St. James located on Rt. 250 in "downtown" Churchville. The church had 1-2 feet of water in the basement but members were out bright and early Monday morning pumping out the water and the ladies were in the kitchen clearing out the lower cabinets and cleaning up.

With local schools closed due to flash flooding and the sun peeking through overcast skies, we drove the backroads of western Augusta County Monday and saw many roadways that were flooded, some with erosion water damage.

Pastures District, where much of the area is national forest, had much flooding due to the watershed effect as thousands of gallons of rain water flowed down the mountain slopes, forcing streams out of their banks and washing out roads.

Many areas that had been covered in water earlier in the morning were just a muddy mess by mid-day. In other areas water still ran across the road but it was still passable ... other areas were not passable due to several feet of water.

January 2010 flood posts:
- Middle River floods in central Shenandoah Valley
- 2010 ... more flash flood photos from Augusta County
- Flash floods in Augusta County
- Parts of Shenandoah Valley under water ... schools closed, roads flooded

Photos by SWAC Girl
Lynn Mitchell
25 January 2010

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