Flooding Continues in Shenandoah County

By: Josh Knight Email
By: Josh Knight Email

Nearly 50 roads in Shenandoah County were closed Wednesday afternoon due to flooding, and a small stretch of Route 11, a primary road in the area, south of Mount Jackson, was part of the list.

Neighbors say this isn't common.

"Not often, you know. I never remember getting of school or nothing like that. I don't remember ever getting out of school for floods, but it's been happening lately," says D.J. Gray, a Shenandoah County resident.

Many of the flooded roads aren't primary ones, but that doesn't mean they're less dangerous.

For some neighbors, like Peter Shoemaker, this much rain makes for a long night.

"We're up checking the river about every hour on the half hour, all night," says Shoemaker, who lives off Red Banks Road north of Mount Jackson.

He says the water in the Shenandoah River, just in front of his house, didn't finally crest until 1 p.m. Wednesday.

"Until then it had been coming up, it was rising about a foot an hour, it's unbelievable," says Shoemaker.

He added that his road floods whenever they see large amounts of rain in a short time frame, but usually it's just once a spring. This is already the third time this year.

"We escaped the bullet, but we also were checking it all morning," adds Shoemaker.

However, he says they saw flooding all the way into their house in 2003.

"All was up in the driveway here and we had put all the furniture up on concrete blocks, take all the rugs, everything out," explains Shoemaker.

In order to see flooding that bad, Shoemaker says the river waters must be about six feet above the Red Banks Bridge that crosses the Shenandoah.

Shoemaker says Red Banks Road gets very dangerous when it's flooded but fortunately neighbors can go another way.


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