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Gaston slams Virginia

The remnants of Tropical Storm Gaston drenched central and eastern Virginia Monday afternoon, killing five people and damaging numerous structures.

BY HEATHER MOYER | RICHMOND, Va. | August 31, 2004

The remnants of Tropical Storm Gaston drenched central and eastern Virginia Monday afternoon, killing five people and damaging numerous structures.

The slow-moving tropical storm dropped close to 14 inches of rain fell in an eight-hour period. According to a Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM), floodwaters killed five people in Richmond and Chesterfield County. Another four people are still missing, and four others were injured.

Downtown Richmond was ravaged by the floodwaters from the heavy afternoon rains. Flash flooding stranded hundreds of motorists and swept away numerous cars. Interstate 95 north and south was closed for a period of time, as were many other roads.

"There's mud everywhere," said Dawn Eischen, public affairs spokesperson for VDEM. "Cars are strewn about the roads and debris is everywhere. We have no idea how long it will take to clean it all up."

A VDEM release says workers will be out today assessing damages to homes and businesses in the region, but Governor Mark Warner has already declared a state of emergency for the affected areas. The Governor will also tour damaged areas with local officials Tuesday.

Three shelters are open in the Richmond area, and Eischen said some 300 people are staying in them. She said those numbers point to significant residential damage, but assessments are continuing. "We're trying to see if there is enough damage for a federal declaration," said Eischen.

In Chesterfield County, officials evacuated over 1,000 residents near the Falling Creek Dam as the rising creek topped the dam by two feet.

"Hurricane Isabel didn't hit as hard as this did, Richmond hasn't seen anything like this in a long time," added Eischen.

Weather officials are also on site Tuesday to confirm if tornadoes touched down in Poquoson, James City County, York County, and Hopewell.


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