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Storm downs trees, floods roadways

Copious amounts of rain falling during a passing cold Thursday evening flooded several Halifax County roads and took down several trees, but no injuries were reported in the storm, according to Halifax County Emergency Services Coordinator Kirby Saunders.

A storm that prompted tornado warnings in Person and Granville counties moved through Halifax County around 7:30 p.m. Thursday, with a downed tree and power line trapping a motorist in her vehicle for about an hour near the intersection of Buckshoal and Hudson roads, according to Saunders.

“A driver happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time,” Saunders said.

“A tree fell taking with it a high voltage power line and fell on top of the car, trapping the driver.

“The driver was not injured.  It took about an hour to isolate the electricity and shut it off.  She was uninjured and not transported to the hospital.

The emergency services coordinator said he was unaware of any significant damage from the storm in Halifax County, adding a tornado warning was never issued.

“Our biggest issue was flash flooding in places that don’t typically flash flood, like U.S. 360 in front of Vulcan Materials,” said Saunders.

“Two lanes were completely shut down, and it was knee-deep water, six to eight inches, across Highway 360.

VDOT determined that was from a blocked road pipe, noted Saunders, adding portions of South Terry’s Bridge Road and Bethel Road were also shut down due to flash flooding Thursday evening.

Minor to moderate flooding was forecast for the Dan River in Halifax County.

“We came out okay, but it was a serious storm,” Saunders said.

“I want to remind people about the National Weather Service slogan, ‘turn around, don’t drown.’” 

“At this time of year, be mindful not to drive through flood waters under any circumstances.”