Albemarle Residents Clean Up After Storm

By: Michael Gorsegner
By: Michael Gorsegner

November 30, 2005

Last night's rainfall numbers were indeed impressive, wreaking havoc throughout our area. The heavy rains caused flooding and damage in parts of Albemarle County, including the massive sinkhole on Route 29. Residents were left to clean up the mess.

"The water had started to get in on the porch and go under the door," said Ron Riggs.

Only hours after Ron Rigg's house was flooded, he is cleaning up the mess.

"You just get surprised by the way the weather works around here. It's unpredictable," he said.

Yesterday's storm dumped over three inches of rain in some spots closing roads and flooding one of Rigg's Mountfair homes. Over the years, living on a flood plain has given him many different chances to pick up the pieces.

"We are kind of used to the process of protecting the house to try to keep the water out of it," said Riggs.

"It was impressive. It went from a nice tranquil stream that you take for granted to what looks like a raging river," said Jennifer Stegeman.

Stegeman and her husband were trapped at their home after the Moorman's River overflowed closing the bridge leading to their house. With no other way off of their property, they were forced to take homage in their home.

"You do what you have to do. It actually wasn't too bad. We survived," she said.

Living on that low lying area, Riggs said you take the chance with flooding. It is a price he is willing to pay.

"The scenery and the beauty of this situation here kind of balances the hassle you have," he said.

No serious injuries were reported in any of the activities surrounding the storms. As for the sinkhole, VDOT hopes to have it completed by late Thursday or Friday.

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