Hollowed out in the Hollow

Flooding closes roads, causes cancellations in county

Whorton Hollow Road near Scrabble Road. Mandy Wetzel

The first full day of summer Friday couldn’t put an end to the steady rainfall Rappahannock County has experienced for much of the spring, with dangerous flood warnings issued by the National Weather Service through Friday night. The Rappahannock 911 Center reported numerous roads closed, with river gauges well above flood stage in Laurel Mills and elsewhere throughout the county. Meanwhile, Whorton Hollow Road Near Scrabble Road “is completely hollow underneath! I would not drive over this,” writes Mandy Wetzel, who captured this amazing photo (top). Rising flood waters at Highway 211 and Old Hollow Road engulfed this pair of local produce signs all the way up to the honey, eggs and cider. Rappahannock Electric Co-op dealt with several power outages, with up to 100 customers in the dark Friday morning surrounding Scrabble after a tree fell on wires. The rain is forecast to let up this weekend.

New body of water: Lake Laurel Mills. Jan Makela
High water in Old Hollow. John McCaslin | Rappahannock News

Due to local flooding, RAAC and Foothills Forum have postponed tonight’s showing and discussion of the “The Post” at the Little Washington Theatre. The Rappahannock County Park cleanup scheduled for Saturday has also been postponed.

A submerged road in Rixeyville. Tom Spargur
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