Flooding Streets

By: Meryl Conant
By: Meryl Conant

It was a day of emergency evacuations and rescues as Tuesday's flooding turned some Augusta County roads into waterways.

The Wilson Fire Department in the county's Lyndhurst area received its first rescue call around eight that morning.

As of early evening, there were no casualties or injuries to report, but Tuesday's flooding certainly caught many residents off guard.

"This wasn't anything we were prepared for," said Wilson Fire Department Captain Jeff Messer. "It happened really fast."

While this storm blew in under their radar, they know what to do in this kind of emergency.

"It seems like it’s almost just as bad or worse as Hurricane Isabelle that we got a few years ago," Messer explained.

Before lunchtime, they had started evacuating Creekside Mobile Park, helped a woman who was eight months pregnant and waded into hip deep water to save a couple trapped in their car.

"The conditions in this area [are] worsening every hour," Messer said. "The roads in this area are getting treacherous and impassable."

And he said you shouldn't wait for rising water to keep rising.

"We want to encourage people who live closer to creeks, rivers dams, ponds that if they feel in need of evacuation that they call 911."

Meanwhile much of Mt. Torey Road was shut down. But, volunteers with the Red Cross, firefighters from Augusta County, dive teams from Waynesboro and more emergency teams are all pulling together to make sure everyone gets out safe and has a warm place to go.

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