Virginia Heavy Rains and Mudslides Result in One Person Missing, 20 Homes Destroyed

by Madison Miller

On Sunday, the Category 4 Hurricane Ida struck the coast of Lousiana with vigor. In its wake is a constantly rising death toll as more bodies are discovered amongst the destroyed homes and flooded streets.

Now, parts of Virginia are also being impacted by environmental causes.

Heavy rain, which caused flooding and mudslides, brought a state of emergency to Virginia these past couple of days. Governor Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency on Tuesday.

Monday Storms in Buchanan County

Now, according to Daily Mail, more than 20 homes have been destroyed and one person is missing. The part of Virginia that has felt the fury the most is Hurley, which is in Buchanan County. Earlier this week, the area had over 10 inches of rain in certain areas.

There are ongoing search and rescue efforts going on throughout the state. West Virginia is also assisting. There is still a lot of displacement in the area. Around 40 to 50 people were evacuated, but there are also around 300 properties damaged from the water and landslides.

Lawmakers are still trying to survey the damage in the area. Six more inches of water is currently in the forecast. The area is already dealing with fallen trees, intense flooding, electrical outages, and travel challenges.

More Poor Weather for Central Virginia

In addition to the intense rainfall, more adverse weather will hit Virginia. Hurricane Ida’s remnants, reduced to a tropical depression or rainstorm, will continue to move through the state on Wednesday.

The severe weather threat for Central Virginia is from 2 p.m. all the way through midnight tonight. Since it’s a former hurricane, tropical air is a factor in the upcoming storm. This means that heavy rain in a short period of time will occur, which often leads to flash flooding.

According to ABC 8 News, there is also shear leftover in Ida, which means that possible tornadoes could come from the rotation pattern. Southwestern Virginia, already dealing with the effects of heavy rainfall, is having a hard time preparing for the incoming tropical weather.

Virginia will not be the only state seeing adverse weather. Tremendous rainfall will hit parts of the central Appalachians to the mid-Atlantic and New England. AccuWeather found that 80 million Americans along a 1,200-mile stretch of the U.S. had a flash flood warning. This includes Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and New York City.

Officials are warning people that live along streams and rivers to keep an eye out as the heavy rain comes in. There is more potential for road washouts, rock slides, as well as mudslides.

Meanwhile, those who are evacuated or displaced from Lousiana cities have been told not to return yet. There are still power outages, road blockages, and water and sewer disruptions. It will likely be weeks before some of these issues improve. New Orleans also has a curfew in place as search and rescue still goes on.