Deerfield Flooding

By: Donald Robinson
By: Donald Robinson

"As you can see here our bridge is pretty well shot," said Hut Vess of Deerfield.

This is creating big problems and concerns for some residents of Deerfield in Augusta County. Last weekend's flooding destroyed a "one way in and out" bridge.

"It started in the last several years getting structural damage," said resident Donna Andrews, "because of all the things that come down the river and clog up the pipes and all the pressure that was put on the concrete. I guess this time was it's last ride, I guess you can say."

The residents have come up with another way in and out.

"These people allowed us a road through the woods across their property," said Vass, "in order for residents to get out of here and go back down to Highway 629.

But, it doesn't keep them from worrying.

"Our main concern now is that we can't get any emergency vehicles up in here," said Vass. "We can't get a fire or propane trucks up in her. There are a number of families that live on this mountain."

The bridge was also damaged in 1985. Back then residents got a $15,000 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Along with some of their own money they rebuilt the bridge. They are hoping they can do it again, because they have no plans on leaving.

"We like it here," said Andrews, "I guess this is the price to pay for a peace of mind."

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