Prince William road closures due to flooding
Updated: May 24, 2012 - 06:45 am
Roads across Prince William County have reopened after the floods and high-water dangers that closed them.
Flood waters on some roads in Virginia reached waist high Wednesday night.
Crews were out with boats and told ABC7 News they performed two water rescues. No injuries were reported.
Thursday morning, ABC7’s Jummy Olabanji went to Bristow, Va., one of the cities hardest hit by heavy rains, to give an update on the conditions there.
As you can imagine, it was a challenge driving in western Prince William County: water covered roadways at almost every turn at times.
Rain powered Broad Run Creek to consume asphalt, even while vehicles were on it. Even lifelong residents say they don't remember this kind of widespread flooding.
"It's pretty amazing, I've never seen it this high," says resident Jason Fox.
Flood waters split part of Aden Road to create a wash-out Monday morning. VDOT workers had it paved over by afternoon. But another main thoroughfare in this part of the county, Bristow Road, was submerged until the rain stopped and the water could go elsewhere.
Cautious eyes were on Lake Jackson, where there was concern about the volume of water running through it.
Flooding shut down a number of roads throughout the Gainesville area in Prince William County, officials say.
Sinkholes have opened and roads have closed due to the flooding, and the National Weather Service has extended a flood warning for urban areas and near small streams until 2:15 p.m. Tuesday.
The road closure on Aden Road at Misty Creek Court is due to a large sinkhole that stretches across both lanes of the road.
Prince William County Fire also said that they rescued a person stuck on the roof of their vehicle in the floodwaters on Piper Lane.
Earlier in the day, Kelly Wieser, on his way to work Tuesday morning, didn't realize the water gushing onto Piper Lane in Manassas was that threatening.
Within minutes the road was swallowed up, and Wieser no longer had control of his white pickup truck. One of nearly a dozen swift water rescues in Prince William County in just a matter of hours.
Challenged by the deluge of rain and an overwhelmed Powell’s Creek, rescue crews were extremely challenged. It took several attempts and locations before being able to get a raft out to the trapped driver.
With the roadway now turned into a deep raging river, crews were able to safely reach the driver, a driver who says he's extremely embarrassed.
"You know what? Trucks can be fixed. I'm alright,” Weiser says. “Aside from a badly damaged ego"
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