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Holkham Drive Ext. Reopens Following Devastating Flooding

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Holkham Drive Extended has reopened after flooding back in May Holkham Drive Extended has reopened after flooding back in May
Neighbors dubbed the neighborhood "Holkham Island" while they were stranded Neighbors dubbed the neighborhood "Holkham Island" while they were stranded
ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) -

Life is finally getting back on track on Holkham Drive Extended in Albemarle County.

This return to normalcy comes weeks after flooding left people who live there stranded in their neighborhood.

Flooding from rain storms back in May caused the surrounding marsh to rise and wash away a section of Holkham Drive Extended. But now, nearly two months later, the finishing touches on this road are being put into place.

The neighborhood's homeowners association hired A.G. Dillard to fix the crater. Workers began packing in dirt and restoring piping last Monday, July 2, and the company worked through the Fourth of July and the past weekend to complete this road.

"They came here last Monday, and you could just see the drive in them," says Susie McConnell, who lives on the street. "They put their heart and soul into filling this hole for us."

The hole, which was expected to remain for months, was filled in days.

"We had one neighbor say it was like Christmas in July," says DJ Banton, who works for A.G. Dillard.

People living in the neighborhood say they are relieved to be able to drive down their street again. They say the hole has caused a lot of problems, but they're thrilled with how fast it was repaired.

They say this whole experience has a silver lining.

"It just really brought us together,” says McConnell. “I really - you understand what communities and neighborhoods are all about. It's really important and we're just very grateful."

A.G. Dillard says it was able to open the road a week before the deadline. The company says the road had an unofficial opening over the weekend.

For now, the street is one lane in and out - but the plan is to widen it, put in asphalt, and build a flood wall in about 30 days.