Flash Flood Warning In Effect
Rising water from South River and its tributaries has led to flooding on U.S. 340 north of Waynesboro in Augusta County.
Police and rescue crews were responding to calls around 9:30 p.m. of cars stalled due to high water in the 700 block of Rockfish Road and the 500 block of Eastside Highway, which U.S. 340 also is known as in the area.
At 9:28 p.m., a few areas on Va. 612 north of Waynesboro also were closed due to flash flooding, as well some sections of Purple Cow Road.
According to 911 dispatch calls, 340 has been closed at Dooms Crossroads at this time.
The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning, which will remain in effect until 11:15 p.m. tonight for northern Albemarle, southeastern Augusta and north-central Nelson counties, as well as for Waynesboro, Staunton and Charlottesville.
At 9:28 p.m., emergency management reported flash flooding from very heavy rain. Up to 2 inches of rain has been reported across portions of the warned area. Additional rainfall amounts of up to 1 inch can be expected.
Locations in the warning include but are not limited to Afton, Crimora, Crozet, Free Union, Sherando, Lyndhurst and Scott Stadium.
Motorists are warned to be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize the dangers of flooding. The weather service advises residents to act quickly if flash flooding is observed; move to higher ground to escape floodwaters and not to stay in areas subject to flooding when water begins rising.
Most flash flood deaths occur in automobiles. Never drive your vehicle into areas where water covers the road.