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    Post Water, water everywhere...are you prepared?

    Boats, pumps, dive teams, generators...what is your dept. ready with?

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The remnants of Tropical Storm Gaston
    battered parts of Virginia with torrential rain Monday, sending
    cars floating down streets and stranding people in downtown
    Gov. Mark R. Warner declared a state of emergency due to
    flooding in central Virginia, making state resources available and
    putting the Virginia National Guard on standby.
    "It looks like rapids outside our building," said Nick
    Baughan, who was stranded with about 20 other people on the second
    floor of the Bottoms Up pizza restaurant in Richmond. "All of our
    cars have floated away."
    The first floor was under 10 to 12 feet of water, Baughan said.
    About 11 inches of rain fell in Richmond, causing cars to float
    down flooded streets and ram into the restaurant and other
    buildings in the Shockoe Bottom district, a popular entertainment
    "We had a side shed attached to the building. It's not attached
    anymore," Baughan said.
    Fourteen rescues of people stranded in buildings or cars were
    pending Monday night, police spokeswoman Cynthia Price said. A
    stretch of Interstate 95 was closed and many streets were
    impassable, creating traffic jams that lasted from rush hour until
    well into the night.
    "As you can imagine, with all the gridlock we're having a hard
    time getting where we need to be," Price said.
    She said two emergency shelters were opened. No injuries were
    immediately reported.
    The downpour flooded the state's emergency operations center,
    sending officials scrambling to protect computers and other
    electronic equipment after more than 4 inches of water covered the
    Richmond police appealed to residents to call 911 only in
    life-threatening situations after authorities were swamped with
    calls seeking information on how to navigate flooded and
    traffic-choked streets.
    Keith Lynch, of the National Weather Service office in
    Wakefield, said he received reports of possible tornadoes touching
    down in James City and Yorktown. Lynch said officials will visit
    the sites Tuesday to verify if tornadoes hit.
    James City County Deputy Fire Chief Tal Luton said he saw two
    twisters but described damage as "fairly light."
    Bob Spieldenner, spokesman for the state Department of Emergency
    Management, said four homes were damaged by high wind in Poquoson.
    About 82,000 Dominion Virginia Power customers in the Richmond
    area and southeastern Virginia were without service Monday night.
    Farther south, residents and officials in the Carolinas on
    Monday were cleaning up from Gaston - and keeping their eyes on
    Hurricane Frances.
    At 8 p.m. EDT Monday, Frances was centered about 190 miles
    east-northeast of the northern Leeward Islands and was moving west
    at about 14 mph.
    While Gaston caused some problems, "it's not the kind of
    catastrophic damage we see in a major hurricane," South Carolina
    Gov. Mark Sanford said. He urged coastal residents to monitor
    Frances, which had 125 mph winds but is still days away from the
    Southeast coast.
    Gaston, which came ashore Sunday just under hurricane strength
    with winds of 70 mph, brought rains estimated at 13 inches in
    places in South Carolina.
    The storm flooded areas already saturated by Hurricane Charley
    earlier this month and cut power to 172,000 electric customers in
    the state. Fewer than 29,000 customers remained without power
    In Berkeley County, where damage from Gaston was severe, 10
    houses were completely flooded and more than two dozen people had
    to be rescued from flood waters, said Jim Rozier, a county
    "It just seemed to rain forever," he said.
    The storm ensured that this would be the wettest summer on
    record in some communities. Richmond has received more than 30
    inches of rain since June 1, breaking the June-through-August
    record of 27.57 inches recorded in 1969.
    On the Net:
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    A few miles one way or the other makes a BIG difference sometimes. My Daughter lives in Fredericksburg Va. The heaviest rain totals in the Richmond area were in Hanover County where over 13 inches were recorded. She's 35 miles North of Hanover, and only got 1.3 inches at her home. I'm 80 miles North of Hanover, in Maryland, and we got absolutely zilch. No rain at all. There has been little to no rain here for 2 weeks now, it's finally starting to look like late summer. If the trend continues, could be some Fires this fall......
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    I live in Richmond. It was surprising how quickly the flooding happened. Here's a slideshow of pictures from the Richmond Times-Dispatch that documents some of the flooding.


    Today, outside of downtown or river areas, things are mostly dry.

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    Richmond area is underwater
    Torrential rainfall shuts down more streets, roads than officials can track


    High water shut down so many major highways and streets around Richmond last night that police and transportation officials could barely keep up with the closures.

    At one point, Chesterfield County reported 93 roads closed. By early evening, Richmond police and road crews already had run out of signs to mark water-blocked streets. And some motorists ignored the signs that were posted and got stuck in high water.

    In Shockoe Bottom, some streets were reported under 4 to 5 feet of water. About four square blocks of Shockoe Bottom were inaccessible. Some parking lots were flooded along with the vehicles in them.

    In other parts of the area, sections of Interstates 95 and 64 were closed, while some sections were reduced to one or two lanes. On southbound I-95 just before the Atlee-Elmont exit, water covered car headlights, forcing drivers into the left lanes.

    Four cars were seen at least half way under water on Powhite Parkway between Cherry and Harrison streets.

    In the Virginia Commonwealth University area, people such as Erin Cole, a VCU student, directed traffic themselves.

    As drivers tried to make their way home during rush hour, traffic jams grew with the water levels.

    Mike Petree, assistant road superintendent for eastern Henrico County, said the flooding was the worst he had seen in more than 40 years of working for the Virginia Department of Transportation and the county.

    In Richmond, some of the worst flooding was on I-95 at Belvidere Street, said VDOT spokesman Sara Cross. The interstate was closed there in both directions for several hours.

    Other parts of I-95, including the southbound lanes at the Bryan Park interchange, also were closed. By 11 p.m., that section of I-95 was re-opened.

    Late into the night, interstate traffic was still either stopped or moving slowly.

    The ramp of I-64 west onto I-95 north was shut down, while at I-95 south at Bells Road, traffic still was moving slowly just before 11 p.m., several hours into the storm.

    Interstate 195 at Westwood was closed in both directions. Westbound traffic on the Downtown Expressway also was closed at Harrison Street. Traffic going eastbound at the same location was moving on the shoulder.

    During rush hour in downtown Richmond, car headlights lined the storm-darkened streets as vehicles moved slowly out of the city.

    Several intersections had high water, including Franklin and Fourth streets and Grace and Third streets. At one point on Grace Street - a one-way street in that area - at least two cars were seen going the wrong way within 10 minutes of each other.

    To the south, the Powhite Parkway was reported closed at Chippenham Parkway, as was the Mayo Bridge that connects South Richmond with Shockoe Bottom.

    Meanwhile, across the James River, Chesterfield County also closed many of its roads and bridges because of high water levels.

    A harried Chesterfield dispatcher said, "They're all closed. We're so busy we can't keep track."

    Among the roads shut down was Hopkins Road between Alfaree and Thurston roads, said VDOT's Cross.

    Police also had reports of high water at Midlothian Turnpike and German School Road, Jennie Scher Road, Forest Hill Avenue, the Powhite Parkway, Westover Hills Boulevard and the 2100 block of Bainbridge Street.

    Parts of Hull Street, Branders Bridge and Iron Bridge roads and Jefferson Davis Highway also were blocked by early afternoon.

    As of 11 p.m., Chippenham Parkway was closed at U.S. 1.

    In Henrico, water on some roads was deep. Assistant road superintendent Petree said the Laburnum Avenue and Creighton Road area and Nine Mile Road near Cedar Fork Road were especially troublesome. Water was 2 feet deep over Nine Mile Road about 7 p.m., and it was expected to get much deeper.

    "It's gridlock," Petree said.

    Kim Staples, in Henrico's road maintenance office, said closings included Woodman Road, River Road, Roslyn Hills Drive, Libbie Avenue, Farmington Drive, Holbrook Drive, Westham Station Road and Hungary Spring Road at Parham Road.

    In Hanover County, the southbound lanes of I-95 were closed at Louistown.

    Other transportation lines didn't fare much better in the storm.

    Greyhound Lines Inc. was experiencing delays of up to one hour of buses into and out of Richmond, a spokeswoman said early in the evening. But no cancellations had been reported by 7:30 p.m.

    CSX spokesman Adam Hollingsworth said the freight railroad ordered a halt to train service through the Richmond area about 7 p.m. No trains had been derailed in the high water. Norfolk Southern Corp. reported normal operations.

    As for flights, the storm appeared to have only a small impact. A few flights at Richmond International Airport last night were canceled. Spokesman Troy Bell said a flight to Charlotte, N.C., was canceled, as was one to Knoxville, Tenn., but it wasn't known if the cancellations were weather-related.

    Two afternoon flights from Philadelphia to Richmond were canceled, but the reasons weren't immediately available.

    Cole, the VCU student, said she left her car at home last night and chose to get splashed by passing cars as she walked in the rain around campus for two hours.

    She said she saw five people carry a rolled-up, inflatable kayak and four paddles, looking for a place to row.

    "It must have been a big kayak," she said.

    Last night, VDOT crews cleared out debris from drains and ditches and posted high-water signs to warn drivers. Today, Cross said, she expects VDOT crews will do much of what they did last night. By tomorrow, they'll start damage assessments.

    She warned drivers to not drive across standing water, which can be deeper than it looks. "Cars can be easily swept away."

    She added that drivers should allow extra time when driving today and watch out for hydroplaning. There's a possibility of more flooding, Cross said, including ditches and creek beds as well as rivers.

    "People may take for granted because the rain has stopped that the pavement's dry," she said. "But there's still the possibility of ditches being overflowed."

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    Frances is starting to look like a monster! Very likely a CAT.5 by landfall Sunday.

    Stay safe down there.
    Last edited by E229Lt; 08-31-2004 at 10:06 PM.

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    Yeah, great news, that.

    We'll be mounting squirrel lights on dinghies, next.

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