The rain on the plain brings much pain and disdain

070513rainFloodwaters and mud wreaked havoc on the area Thursday and into Friday as swollen rivers crested and saturated ground spread chaos.

Mudslides closed U.S. 221 from Poage Valley Road to Back Creek School while wet conditions and downed trees blocked Rte. 615 (Christiansburg Pike) in Floyd County and continued, heavy rains sent waters over the banks of creeks and rivers and into basements and crawl spaces of homes.

Nearly 500 customers remain without power in Wythe County along with about 150 in Montgomery County as Appalachian Power Company once again fights storm-related outages.

Tne flooding, power outages and damage from storms left many area residents with little to celebrate on this year’s Fourth of July.  The wet weather washed out Floyd County’s scheduled fireworks on Thursday and the boom time will begin at 4 p.m. Saturday, weather permitting.

The National Weather Service says rainfall is running more than a foot above normal.

More rain is expected today but drier weather is predicted over the weekend.

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