Naked Creek Braces for Ivan

By: Tim Saunders
By: Tim Saunders

Construction Barrels are a sign that Naked Creek is still patching wounds left by Hurricane Isabel. Now, adding insult to injury, Ivan threatens to once again swell the waterway that divides Page and Rockingham Counties. "Everytime we get a rain like this I watch that creek and I don't get a wink of sleep," says Naked Creek Resident Ronald Walls. "We watch this little branch over here to the right of the house here and when it gets up to the rocks over there - we prepare and get ready to either go upstairs or either go out of the holler, one of the two." Even though their house sits just a few feet above Naked Creek, the Walls family says they'll probably stay put. "I have water ready in jugs, in case the power goes out. We bought Charcoal, we're ready for all that," says Pamela Walls. "Everytime we get a hard rain we know what we're in for and we chose to live here so we know what to expect." As for what they can expect, residents say they're keeping an eye on Skyline Drive. If places like Big Meadows get a lot of rain Friday night, that could create a big problem for Naked Creek as the water drains from the mountain.


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