Rain Caused Havoc For Locals

By: Althea Paul
By: Althea Paul

March 28, 2005

Inches upon inches of rainwater, plus an overflowing creek, equals trouble.

That's what a local man found out Monday, March 28, after he thought he could make it over flooded Watts Passage Road in Albemarle County. He was wrong.

"I came across the bridge and the motor stalled. Water just kept getting higher," said Larry, the owner of the van.

Crews arrived on the scene along Preddy Creek, blocked the road and worked with the van owner to get his vehicle back on dry land.

A tow truck along with the driver did the trick, but Officials warn drivers to pay very close attention to flooded roads.

"This is a perfect example as a reminder to all motorists that if you approach a bridge or an area of high water and you can't see the road, don't cross over. Find an alternate route," said Sergeant Amos Chiarappa, of the Albemarle Police Department.

However, the water worries didn't end in Albemarle. In Greene County, a road looked more like a river after several pipes got blocked with debris.

It happened along Carpenters Mill Road. Crews worked to remove the debris and were able to clear the pipes so water could flow through again.

In Charlottesville, a flooded basement along the 1100 block of East High Street prompted a call to fire crews. The resident there was concerned about a possible electrical fire.

Whether it's stuck trucks or flooded basements, officials said you shouldn't mess with mother nature.

"Water's deceptive. [You] just don't really know the power of water," said Cpt. Eric Lohman of Stony Point Volunteer Fire Department.

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