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Several inches of rain leads to flash flooding & mudslides in a small Virginia community

Published: Sep. 1, 2021 at 10:42 PM EDT
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A devastating situation in the small community of Hurley, Virginia after heavy rain on Monday.

The Buchanan County sheriff’s office reported earlier four people were unaccounted for. They announced Tuesday evening officials had reduced the number to one. Rescue teams searched the area Tuesday morning but those efforts have been suspended.

Officials had said they were worried about an elderly woman among the missing. Nearly two dozen homes were ripped from their own foundation. One fatality has now been confirmed.

According to the Buchanan sheriff’s office, one fatality has now been confirmed as of Wednesday. According to their facebook page, “Officials are estimating at least 30 days for power to be restored, and estimated 1 year for public water to be restored.”

Law enforcement is asking for people to avoid this area as the cleanup continues.

This area of southwest Virginia, close to the Kentucky border ended up with about 6-8″ of rain which led to incredible flash flooding and mudslides on Monday. Some rainfall estimates even put rainfall at nearly 10″. The rain started in the early morning hours on Monday and continued with heavy, torrential rain and ending shortly after noon. Here’s a look at the radar from Monday. Hurley is north of Grundy, VA right on the Kentucky line.

This was associated with the remnants of Ida but was just ahead of the main batch of rain from Ida which came in on Tuesday and early Wednesday. No additional damage was reported from the rain Tuesday and Wednesday.

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