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Flooding Closes Rt. 15, Other Roads; Several Water Rescues Reported

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Posted: Thursday, January 31, 2013 7:06 am | Updated: 10:11 am, Thu Jan 31, 2013.

With as much as three inches of rain falling yesterday, flooding is causing problems on many Loudoun County roads. Emergency crews responded to several water rescues calls overnight.

Some roads are already flooded, and "others may become flooded as waterways begin to crest," officials said on the department's Facebook page. Motorists are reminded not to try to cross any roads where standing water is present.

As a result of the storm, fire-rescue crews rescued six people from five different water rescue incidents around the county last night.    

Around 6 p.m. crews from Purcellville, Neersville, and Round Hill responded to Short Hill Road and Silver Brook Lane to rescue one person from a vehicle using a shallow water crossing.

Just before 10 p.m., crews from Philomont, Purcellville, Aldie, Middleburg, Hamilton, Leesburg and Lucketts responded to Snickersville Turnpike and Hibbs Bridge Road, where a driver had attempted to drive through the high water and was swept downstream. After coordinated efforts by several rescue boats, the individual was pulled from the water.

Around 2:45 a.m., fire-rescue crews were dispatched to Evergreen Mills Road and Belmont Ridge Road, where a driver had attempted to cross through a flooded area and the vehicle was swept off the roadway. Crews from South Riding, Moorefield and Arcola used a combination of shallow water crossing and rope rescue techniques to reach the driver, who was transported to an area hospital as a precaution.

Only minutes later, a call was dispatched for a water rescue on Lime Kiln Road in the area of Goose Creek Lane. Units from Leesburg, Philomont, Aldie, Hamilton and Lucketts found an adult stranded on the roof of a vehicle after attempting to cross a flooded roadway. Crews were able to reach the victim by boat.

At 4:25am, fire-rescue crews were called to a scene where two people in a pickup truck had attempted to cross high water on Watson Road at Evergreen Mills Road and became stranded. Personnel from Moorefield, South Riding, and Arcola rescued the two adults using a shallow water crossing.

Many roads remain impassible because of high water. 

At 7:30 a.m. the sheriff's office closed Rt. 15 south of Leesburg because of flooding at Goose Creek. Vehicles are being turned around at Harmony Church Road on the north and Rt. 50 on the south.

As of 5 a.m., the roads impacted included:

  • Watson Road / Evergreen Mills Road
  • Lime Kiln Road / Goose Creek Lane
  • Hurley Lane and Clarkes Gap Road
  • Route 50 / Racefield Lane (high water in eastbound lanes)
  • Evergreen Mills Road / Route 659
  • Crooked Bridge Lane at Lime Kiln Road
  • Route 50 / Sally Mill Road
  • Evergreen Mills Road / Arcola Road
  • Masons Lane between Evergreen Mills Road and Gleedsville
  • Thomas Avenue / Sugarland Run
  • Braddock Road / Hunters Trail Lane
  • Snickersville Turnpike and Hibbs Bridge Road
  • Belmont Ridge Road near Route 7 (closed between Route 7 and Gloucester Parkway)
  • Shreve Mill Road at Sycolin Road
  • Hampton Road / Purple Martin Lane
  • Allder School Road and Ketoctin Church Road
  • East Loudoun Street and Harry Byrd Highway (Route 7) - high water in lanes
  • Limestone School Road and Old Dory Lane
  • Shelburne Glebe Road at North Fork Goose Creek
  • Route 15 northbound and Montresor Road (high water)
  • Dunlop Mill Road and Harmony Church Road

"Water may be much deeper than you think causing your car to stall or even get stuck in hidden debris," the sheriff's office reminds drivers. "It takes only six inches of fast-moving flood water to knock over an adult and two feet to move a vehicle."

Loudoun County Fire-Rescue is reminding residents that "many deaths occur in automobiles as people and their vehicles are swept downstream but these deaths are preventable." Drivers and pedestrians should follow these tips:

• When you come to a flooded road, stop and do not cross. 

• Do not attempt to drive around barriers or signs warning that roads are flooded. 

• Be prepared by identifying road closures and giving yourself plenty of time to reach your destination.

For additional safety tips and information regarding flooding emergencies and preparation, go to www.loudoun.gov/OEM.


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