Park Overflows with Floodwater

By: Litsa Pappas Email
By: Litsa Pappas Email

ROCKINGHAM COUNTY (WHSV) Water flooded a park, overflowing a bridge, surrounding picnic tables and scattering benches stranded throughout it. It even turning baseball fields into swamps. People who live nearby say they have never seen it that bad before.

Ronda Grimsley works at the park every day, cleaning up trash and debris. She said there's usually a small creek that flows under the bridge.

"Several feet today, it looks like a small river running through here," said Grimsley.

Now, water flows over the bridge.

"People usually sit at the picnic tables and walk their dogs daily every day. There's usually people down here," said Grimsley.

On Friday, the creek expanded with all the flooding, destroying the walking trails. It's that type of flooding that Rockingham County fire crews have to deal with. They made several swift water rescues during this storm and are always prepared to keep people safe.

"The one thing we highly encourage people not to, drive through water. The road could have been there, it's not there now," said Deputy Fire Chief Jeff Michael.

Grimsley knows not to cross the floodwater. That's why on Friday, she wouldn't be able to finish cleaning the park.

"It makes things a lot harder, but what can you do? It's Mother Nature and you never know when it's going to hit," said Grimsley.

Deputy Chief Michael said many people don't realize how powerful moving water can be. He said even an inch of water can make a car hydroplane. The best thing to do is stay away from any water.


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