The following press release was sent by Brian Wheeler from Charlottesville’s communications office:
Albemarle County declared a local emergency at 11:45 p.m. Wednesday, May 30, 2018 related to major flooding occurring throughout the county.
At approximately 9:30 p.m. yesterday there was a flash flood of Ivy Creek in Albemarle County and a vehicle and its two occupants, a man and a woman, went missing near the intersection of Old Ballard Rd and Martin Farm Ln. A Silver Toyota Prius was observed being swept away in flood waters with its two occupants outside their vehicle and in the water. A second vehicle was also swept away but its single occupant was rescued from the water.
As of 3:00 a.m. Thursday, May 31, 2018 a swift water rescue team from Lynchburg is actively working with local emergency responders to locate the missing persons. Residents in the area with any information should contact the Emergency Operations Center at (434) 979-INFO or (434) 979-4636.
The Rivanna Water & Sewer Authority is closely monitoring local reservoirs and no risk to these dams has been identified. There are significant road closures and moderate damage to one single-family home in Western Albemarle.
The Regional Emergency Operations Center has been activated and a second swift water rescue team from Harrisonburg has responded and is on stand-by after a request for assistance was made to the Virginia Department of Emergency Management.
The City of Charlottesville is providing public safety and communications support at the Regional Emergency Operations Center.
The following information was distributed from VDOT:
Route 33 over Swift Run Gap is closed in Greene and Rockingham counties due to mudslides on the mountain pass after torrential downpours drenched the area all night. Crews with the Virginia Department of Transportation working to clear the slides and reopen the road but it is likely there will be a lengthy closure.
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Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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