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Storms Cause Flash Flooding in Accomack County

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Flooding at the Royal Farms on Rt. 13 at Parksley Road in Parksley, VA (Photo: WBOC) Flooding at the Royal Farms on Rt. 13 at Parksley Road in Parksley, VA (Photo: WBOC)
(Photo: WBOC) (Photo: WBOC)
Flooding in Onley (Photo: Matt Hart) Flooding in Onley (Photo: Matt Hart)
Flooding in Onley (Photo: Matt Hart) Flooding in Onley (Photo: Matt Hart)

PARKSLEY, Va. - Friday's rain storms caused severe flooding in Accomack County, Va. 

Floodwaters covered part of U.S. Route 13 in the Parksley area Friday afternoon closing down the southbound lanes for several hours. As of 7 p.m., the Accomack County Emergency Services said both southbound lanes on U.S 13 between Parksley Road and Front Street were closed. Traffic was being re-routed. When our WBOC crew left the area around 8 p.m., much of the water had receded from the roadway, but there was still some standing water on the road north of Parksley.

Workers with Virginia Department of Transportation who were on the scene said another problem with getting the roadway back open was a utility pole had fallen down across the roadway. Workers said the soil had become so saturated with the rain that the pole just fell over.

WBOC's Chief Meteorologist Dan Satterfield said storm tracker radar estimates put Friday's rainfall total at at least 9 inches in central Accomack County.  The highest rain gauge, in Onley, measured the rain at 8.58 inches.

People in Onley, VA also saw a lot of rain. Newswatcher sent in photos showing their back yards covered in standing water.

All of this rain comes just a few days after 7 inches of rain in Salisbury, Md.

These heavy rain events seem to be a growing trend. According to new NOAA data, the number of daily heavy rain events has increased over the northeast significantly since 1950, and because the climate is warmer
 

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