Schools, Roads, Bridges Closed Due to VA Flooding

Schools are closed in Pittsylvania County, where nearly two dozen roads remain shut down by flooded streams.

County Administrator Dan Sleeper said Friday all the flooding has come from creeks and streams. He says the six rivers in the county have not caused major problems.

The adjacent city of Danville had braced for record flooding from the Dan River Thursday night, but it didn't materialize.

Sherry Dixon of the city's emergency services department says the river crested about seven feet below the predicted level.

Parts of Southside Virginia received eight to nine inches of rain over two days from the remnants of Tropical Storm Ida.

The school closings caused by flooding from the storm extend into three states.

Schools in southern Delaware were closed Friday as were schools in Worcester County, Maryland and Accomack County, Virignia because of high water closing roads in the region.

Sussex County officials monitored the morning high-tide after previous tides swamped low-lying areas, prompting 57 people living in the Oak Orchard and Long Neck areas to voluntarily leave their homes Thursday night. About a dozen people were taken to at a community church, but no other evacuations were anticipated Friday.

State Route 1 between Dewey Beach and Bethany Beach remained closed Friday after water broke through the dunes.

However, more than 200 roads and several bridges remain closed across Virginia because of high water or other weather-related problems. State highway officials are still asking Hampton Roads residents to avoid driving.

The Virginia Department of Transportation said Friday that several interstate ramps are closed because of high water. Many still-closed roads are secondary routes in southeast Virginia. Flooding is the main problem but some localities have downed power lines and trees.

VDOT says the Midtown Tunnel and James River Bridge on U.S. 17 will remain closed beyond the evening commute because of high water.

The Jamestown-Scotland Ferry service won't operate Friday evening because of high tides and wind. VDOT suspended the ferry service Thursday as rains and winds lashed the state.

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