Areas of Middlesex get over 10 inches of rain
by Tom Chillemi
Torrential rain on Friday, Saturday and Sunday flooded roads and left the ground still soggy this week.
Farmer Chuck Hunt measured 11 inches of rain between Friday morning and Sunday evening at his home about a mile north of Saluda. “It’s too much of a good thing,” he said. Hunt said excess rain will prevent recently-planted soybeans from sprouting.
Jonathan Norris measured 9.75 inches of rain in Saluda, while Pete Wright of Stingray Point in Deltaville measured 3.5 inches of rain over the weekend.
Ron Peaks, the maintenance operations manager for the VDOT Saluda Residency, said crews were out clearing drainage culverts until 1 a.m. Saturday. One VDOT employee measured 5.5 inches of rain by 5 p.m. on Friday. “The weather was so awful on Friday most folks stayed home,” said Peaks.
While Middlesex had high water in the usual places, Peaks was monitoring more serious problems, like the one in King and Queen County just north of the Gloucester County line. A flowing stream under Route 605 undermined the road. The double 36-inch culverts could not handle the runoff that washed out the road, he said. This is the only rain-related problem that persisted into this week, he added. He hopes to reopen the road by the end of next week.
Most of the rain drained off Middlesex roads by 1 a.m. on Saturday.
On Providence Road in Hayes in Gloucester County VDOT crews were out until 3 or 4 a.m. clearing culverts in Gloucester, and then had to return to some places to remove debris that washed out of the woods by the heavy rain.