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SW Virginia sees overnight flash flooding

SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA (WFXR News) - Crews in several areas in southwest Virginia are cleaning up after flash flooding hit the area Saturday night.

The areas that saw flash flooding included Pittsylvania County, Danville, Franklin County, Bedford County, Henry County and Giles County. 

In Pittsylvania County, 911 dispatch officers say various roads in the county washed out, and 2 bridges were damaged and forced to close.

During the night crews in Danville had many calls due to flash flooding. Danville Life Saving Crew did one water rescue with help from Danville Fire and Police Department.

Several other people had to be assisted through water on Riverside Drive in Danville. Riverside Drive was closed Saturday night but reopened Sunday morning, but it was left muddy. Public Works is working on cleaning the roadway.

Water Street in Danville had significant flooding, where one home collapsed and Mt Carmel Baptist Church had significant damage. No injuries were reported, but the people who lived there were rescued by boat.

A few roads and bridges were also washed out and damaged in Franklin County, according to 911 dispatch operators. That includes a bridge in the 4500 block of Brooks Mill Road where women had to be rescued when water reached the bridge.

A deputy with the Giles County sheriff's office says they saw significant flooding in the downtown area, but the water receded overnight. According to the deputy, some storm drains were clogged and debris was left in the roadway, but there was no major damage left behind. 

Bedford County, Henry County and Martinsville all reported that the water had receded from the roadway and there was no major damage left behind. 


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