Flooding Causes Evacuation in Harrisonburg

By: Jarrod Aldom
By: Jarrod Aldom

Flooding wasn't just confined to Augusta County. WHSV found out flooding was serious enough in Harrisonburg that people had to be evacuated from their homes in some of the low lying areas of the city.

At about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, the Harrisonburg Fire Department was going door-to-door evacuating residents from areas of Jefferson Street. Michelle Diehl has been living there for five years. She says this is the worst flooding she's seen in that time.

“It's been a couple of years since I saw this much flooding and stuff here at the house,” says Jefferson Street resident Michelle Diehl. “I have not seen it almost cover the bridge like it’s doing now.”

The water was so deep, the firefighters were forced to use ladders to ferry some of the people to safety.

“That's probably the deepest I've seen it get. I have seen several times when we've had a week's worth of rain,” explains Diehl. “I've never seen it like this within 24 hours like it's been this time.”

Behind Jefferson Street, on Madison Street, rising water threatened several houses as well. Residents there say the flooding is not as bad as when Isabel blew into town last year, but it's getting close.

Most of the people on Jefferson Street left when the firefighters came around, but a few of them decided to stay, at least until the water got to their doorstep.

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