Dozens of roads closed in Southwest and Coastal Virginia

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – The latest on heavy rains in Virginia. (All times local):

2 p.m.:

Virginia Beach resident Steven Capito doesn’t let a storm go to waste.

Capito has spent the past week capitalizing off strong winds and high tides by surfing. On Saturday, he decided to try something unique – surfing in the Chesapeake Bay.

Capito surfed by the Ocean View Fishing Pier in Norfolk, where 2 to 3 foot waves were repeatedly crashing ashore.

Ordinarily, he says waves from the bay would barely crash against ankles.

Capito says “it’s kind of a fun novelty” to be out in the bay.

He says the winds weren’t as high compared to the oceanfront, which means he didn’t have to paddle as much. He says four days of surfing at the oceanfront wore him out.


1:45 p.m.:

Bernie Bohm took advantage of a break in the storm to pull his 19-foot sailboat Magic Morning out of the Lafayette River in Norfolk before high tide approached.

Bohm said Saturday it’s the first time he’s taken his boat out of the water since March. He says he keeps his boat tied to a pier in his backyard and was worried that Sunday’s high tides could damage it.

Bohm says water from the Lafayette River came over the bulkhead and into his backyard but didn’t approach his house.

During Hurricane Isabel in 2003, Bohm says his garage had up to 3 feet of water in it.


12:30 p.m.:

After days of rain, Colleen Farrell headed to a dog park in Norfolk with her dog Baxter, an energetic Goldendoodle.

On Friday, the Colonial Place Dog Park and much of the surrounding neighborhood was under water from tidal flooding. Debris from the flooding still littered the dog park on Saturday, and an upcoming high tide was likely to threaten the park again throughout the weekend.

While playing fetch, Farrell says she wanted to get her dog exercise while she could. She says she wanted to “enjoy the sunshine a little bit while we have it.”


12 p.m.:

Thousands of fans attending the Pittsburgh at Virginia Tech football game at Lane Stadium in Blacksburg missed the Hokies’ iconic entrance to “Enter Sandman” because they waited until the last minute to head to their seats.

The game started in a steady rain, with temperatures at about 47 degrees.

The Hokies, too, waited until the last minute to leave the warm and dry confines of their locker room to make the walk to the stadium. Kickoff was less than 6 minutes away when coach Frank Beamer led them out of the locker room.


11:30 a.m.

Dozens of secondary roads remain closed throughout Virginia as highway crews deal with flooding, damaged pavement and downed trees and power lines.

According to the Virginia Department of Transportation, 78 roads were closed at midday Saturday due to high water, mostly in its Salem and Lynchburg districts. Seven secondary roads are washed out, all but one in southwestern Virginia.

The closings include at least 15 roads in Pittsylvania County, 10 in Franklin County and eight in Montgomery County.

Flood warnings continue along parts of the Roanoke and Dan rivers, where the National Weather Service says up to 3 inches of rain fell in a 24-hour period ending early Saturday. The weather service says minor flooding was expected in low-lying areas.


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