1 Person Missing, 20 Homes Destroyed After Hurricane Ida Caused Flooding in Virginia

Governor Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency in Virginia on August 31 after rain brought by remnants of Hurricane Ida caused devastating flooding and landslides, with more severe weather forecast.

On August 31, 2021, flash flooding and landslides raged in Buchanan County, Virginia. More than 20 homes were destroyed in the small community of Hurley, located in a valley along Knox Creek. About 60 people were evacuated, some taking refuge in a local church. Four people were initially reported missing, but three were later found. The Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office said one person was still missing as of Aug. 31.

“Several inches of rainfall this afternoon caused flooding and landslides that caused significant damage and restricted access to homes in the Hurley area,” the Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office said.

“Specialized teams from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management are on the scene, along with the Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office, Virginia State Police and numerous fire, rescue and search services from across the state and rescue teams from West Virginia.” Rains expected today and tomorrow will continue to complicate the situation. Damage assessment will begin tomorrow morning with ground and aerial crews. Residents are advised to avoid the area to allow crews to continue response operations.”

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has declared a state of emergency in response to the aftermath of former Hurricane Ida, now a tropical depression.

In a statement, the governor said heavy rains have already caused flash flooding in Buchanan County, with additional flooding, fallen trees, power outages, and damage to roads, bridges and other infrastructure possible. Impacts are expected to be especially severe along the I-81 and I-66 corridors. In addition to the threat of flooding, there is also the risk of tornadoes.

“My thoughts are with those affected by this devastating storm across the country,” Governor Northam said. “While we in Virginia are fortunate to escape the storm, heavy rains are expected to cause additional flash flooding and dangerous conditions in parts of the Commonwealth. I am grateful to the first responders and rescue crews who are now on the ground, and I encourage Virginia residents in those areas to remain vigilant.”

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