Clean-up continues around central Virginia after a rainstorm last Thursday night caused flash flooding across the region. Monday crews are still dealing with overflowing banks on the Rivanna River.
Over the weekend part of the Rivanna Trail near Riverview Park in Charlottesville was blocked off because of erosion, with overflowing water wiping out parts of the banks. Monday morning, Parks and Recreation Department crews were on scene, filling in sand and trying to re-construct some of the banks.
Doug Ehman, the parks division manager for Charlottesville, says over the weekend the area was a safety hazard. “We had water over the trail in sections Friday afternoon, well into the night and probably Saturday morning early. We had a lot of dirt and mud deposited in some sections, a little bit of debris, so we just don't want people in there getting caught up in the water,” he stated.
Monday the stretch of the Rivanna Trail is open for people to come through again. One person we talked to, Dorita Robinson, says she visits the trail all the time. She said she's happy crews made progress cleaning up the trail, but she could see exactly what the problem is.
“The water just rushed through here through here, wiped out the trail, made all this sandy mess," she stated. "There's this huge tree that has fallen into the river and I don't know how they'll get it out,” she stated.
Last week several roads were closed due to the flooding. According to the Virginia Department of Transportation, as of Monday afternoon, all had reopened except for the Burches Creek route near Batesville.
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Sean Cudahy joined the NBC29 news team as a general assignment reporter in April 2014. Full Story
Sean Cudahy joined the NBC29 news team as a general assignment reporter in April 2014. Sean returns to Charlottesville after four years at American University in Washington, D.C., but central Virginia is his home. He grew up in Albemarle County, graduating from Albemarle High School in 2010. Email/Follow on Twitter/ Full Story
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