Rush hour

By Kendra HendrenKendra Hendren

After overnight and early morning downpours, the bridges and roads at Rock Mills — where the Rush and Thornton rivers converge — were completely submerged in a debris-laden torrent for several hours this Monday morning (July 13). This photo was taken about 10 a.m. from a hillside at Thunder Mountain Road, looking east on Whorton Hollow Road, which normally crosses the Thornton (instead of the other way around) and meets Rock Mills Road at the stop sign. Sheriff’s office and county rescue officials reported no injuries in flooding that closed numerous roads around Rappahannock until noon or later. July’s average rainfall in the region is about 3.5 inches, according to the National Weather Service. At one weather station in Culpeper, total rainfall recorded just in the first 14 days of July: 5.62 inches.

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