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Giles Co. hit hardest by major flooding, prolonged rainfall

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GILES CO., Va. (WVVA) - The New River at Glen Lyn reached major flood stage Friday morning. The crest reached 18.93 feet, which is a top five crest for the New River at Glen Lyn.

Campgrounds like the Riverview Campground were underwater Friday. Picnic shelters and playgrounds were completely taken over by the high water. This comes just before the holiday weekend, which will hurt the campgrounds revenue said Riverview Campground Manager David Farley.

"With it being Memorial Day weekend. All of this water coming in is defientely going to hurt us. And as far as fishing at the bait shop, there won't be many people fishing."

David Farley, Manager of Riverview Campground

Many campsites were damaged by the flooding, which was a very dissappointing sight for some. Including camper owner Joe Chandler.

"It bothers you. This is a summer home... I look forward to coming here in the summer time. Right now, we are not going to be here for a while. It will take a while to get it fixed or replaced."

Joe Chandler, Camper Owner

From campgrounds to neighborhoods, flood water is making some roads impassaible. Lurich Road in Narrows has the New River running through it. The people who live in that area are using a trail system to get what they need.

Resdients are saying it will be a team effort to repair portions of the trailer park on Lurich Road, but say they have seen much worse.

Flooding also impacts the left lane of Highway 460, shutting down the westbound lanes near the Bluff. This was due to an embankment failure covering the left lane of the highway. The Virginia Department of Transportation is working on repairs.

As high water will linger across multiple roads throughout Memorial Day weekend, the Giles County Sheiffs Office is warning everyone not to drive through submerged roads.

Brandon Lawson

Weekend Meteorologist

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