Dozens Evacuated From Flooded Motel In Culpeper

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  • 1- High Water sign on North Main Street warning of a lane closure due to high water in the northbound lane of James Madison Highway.
  • 3- Portions of the parking lot behind Tractor Supply Company at Town Square Mall remains underwater and pallets floated in the current.

CULPEPER, Va. (WUSA) -- Unrelenting rains in the area led to some serious flooding in Culpeper, forcing dozens of motel guests to evacuate overnight.

According to Wally Bunker, Public Information Officer for Culpeper, approximately 40 to 50 people were forced to leave the Sleepy Hollow Motel in the 400 block of James Madison Highway overnight. First responders who helped the guests to safety reported chest-high water in some rooms.

The American Red Cross was requested to assist the displaced residents and it set up an emergency shelter at the Culpeper County Volunteer Rescue Squad Building on North Main Street.

As a precaution, electricity was cut to the building.

According to Bunker, significant flooding was also reported in the parking lot of a tractor supply store at the Town Square mall across the street. Yowell Meadow Park and Wine Street Memorial Park were also flooded out. Public Works personnel are working to clear mud from a mud-slide in one southbound lane of James Madison Highway south of Belle Ave. Orange Road between Laurel Street and Sunset Lane was also closed due to high water, as was the 400 block of Madison Road near Gayheart's Pond.

Flooding reached the edge of the road on Old Rixeyville Road in the flood plain of Mountain Run but officials say the road was passable. Earlier flooding was reported on Sperryville Pike (US 522) near North Aspen Street and also near Riverdale, Bunker said. Virginia Avenue at Fourth Street was also closed briefly due to high water but the water has since receded.

Shortly after 6:10 a.m. Monday, Bunker reported that flood waters receded and all roads are passable at this time. Bunker said police and public works crews removed debris, wood and flotsam from several roadways to make them passable.

A mudslide occurred on James Madison Highway near Belle Avenue and crews cleared mud from the scene, according to Bunker. However, a single northbound lane of James Madison Highway near the Main Street bridge is blocked off, said Bunker.

Yowell Meadow Park and Wine Street Memorial Park also remain underwater and blocked off, reported Bunker.

Bunker told WUSA 9 part of the parking lot behind Tractor Supply Company remains submerged and pallets have been seen floating in the swift current (see photo).

Stay tuned to WUSA*9 and WUSA9.COM for updates on this developing story.

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