Henry County residents start cleanup after flash flooding

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Flooding and nonstop rain caused extensive damage in Bassett

BASSETT, Va.Monday, noon update

Some residents in Henry County have a lot of work to do after last night’s flash flooding.

The hardest-hit area was in and around Bassett, where four and a half inches of rain came down in about five hours.

A large section of the front wall of a house on Springhouse Lane was pushed in by the floodwater, and another home was even moved off its foundation.

The husband, wife, and their one-year-old child who live there were home at the time but were able to get out safely. A portion of the hill behind their home slid down into the backyard.

The woman who lives in a home on Springhouse Lane that was spared says what happened last night was unbelievable.

“I went to look at the damage and my neighbor came out with me and we walked," said Teresa Hodges. "Everything was, like, ‘Wow!’”

While the house itself was spared, her driveway was washed away, but she says replacing it won’t be a big deal.

Monday, 4 a.m. update

As of 4 a.m., the water has gone down in some places but there are still flooded roads closed off.

Riverside Drive is blocked off and there’s still floodwater on the roadway.

Sunday night, crews were prepared to evacuate Stanleytown Health and Rehabilitation Center. Then, as of 10:45 p.m., they did not evacuate because the water went down. Instead, they relocated residents to a less vulnerable place in the building.

You can report any significant structural damage of your home or business to Public Safety by emailing stormdamage@co.henry.va.us or leaving a message at 276-634-4660. Be sure to include your name, address, valid phone number and a description of the damage.

Sunday, 10 p.m. update

Henry County emergency crews are responding to several incidents after heavy rain Sunday.

A county spokesperson told 10 News emergency crews are relocating some residents in the Stanleytown Health & Rehabilitation Center in Bassett. They are prepared to evacuate residents if necessary, but evacuations were not happening as of 9 p.m.

The county is also reporting several water rescues for people trapped in their vehicles.

Cunningham Tire in Bassett is also reporting major damage from the rain. County officials said there was significant flooding, a partial structure collapse and electrical arcing from down electrical lines.

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Courtesy: Jessica Mostyn - Bassett

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