Hard, pounding rain flooded Floyd County and surrounding areas Tuesday morning, closing roads, creating vehicle-stopping craters of water, sending mud slides down banks and flooding homes and businesses.
Mud slides and surging water closed parts of Virginia Route 8 between Floyd and Christiansburg, U.S. 221 South of Food Lion and other primary and secondary roads. The intersection at Slaughters on U.S. 221 was closed at one point.
School officials decided against sending students home early because of road conditions and closures and buses loaded more than an hour later than normal Tuesday afternoon.
Falling trees and branches, along with other conditions, brought electrical outages around the county. Appalachian Power Company trucks were working at several areas late in the afternoon.
Rain eased some during the afternoon before downpours started again but did not continue with the intensity of the morning. Residents reported flooded basements and leaking roofs along with gutter displacements from the onslaught of water that put several inches of rain on the ground in a short time, adding to the wet conditions from the last several days of storms.
The National Weather Service in Blacksburg predicts the current storm tapering off in the evening hours but more rain is forecast Wednesday and through the weekend while a developing tropical storm could add more weather woes.
Continuing to monitor…