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Rain floods portions of Loudoun; leaves Leesburg sinkhole

Damage to Dry Mill Road in Leesburg. Photo Courtesy/VDOT
Heavy rainfall Thursday left several roads in Loudoun County closed due to flooding and a sinkhole in Leesburg.

It's a scenario that's likely to play out again today as the National Weather Service in Sterling has issued a Flash Flood Watch for Loudoun County beginning at noon and ending at 10 p.m.

Leesburg on Thursday was hardest hit by the rain, according to Carl Barnes, a NWS meteorologist, as 3 to 4 inches of rain fell over a period of only one to two hours.

“It's not out of the question that places like Leesburg are going to have flash flooding because of all the pavement and the runoff,” Barnes said.

Loudoun County Fire and Rescue crews and sheriff's deputies scrambled Thursday to close roads to keep motorists safe, but one road will remain closed.

The Virginia Department of Transportation has closed Dry Mill Road between Woodburn and Thomas Mill roads for emergency repairs after crews discovered a collapsed section of road atop a 48-inch water pipe.

Detour signs are posted and direct motorists to use an approximately five-mile detour.

According to Jennifer McCord, spokesperson for VDOT, officials are meeting with a contractor today to determine how long repairs will take.

“It was rather extensive damage,” McCord said.

On Thursday portions of Routes 7 and 9, Belmont Ridge Road and Route 15 at Old Caroloina Road were closed due to high water and a downed tree.
At the height of the storm Thursday, according to ABC7, water on Sycolin Road was about 4 feet high.

The rising waters, the station reported, left three dozen workers from several NJHF companies reportedly trapped back at the end of the road, waiting for the water to recede.

Calls to Loudoun Fire and Rescue were not immediately returned.

Around 5 p.m. Sycolin Creek overflowed its banks onto the road near Cochran and Sycolin roads, leaving a driver standing on the hood of his vehicle, according to the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office.

NWS forecasters are calling for heavy rainfall and the possibility of strong thunderstorms with damage producing wind today.

This is a developing story. Check back to LoudounTimes.com for more information as it becomes available.


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