Over the banks

But Waynesboro sidesteps flood disaster  

Story, photos and video by Chris Graham

Waynesboro dodged potential disastrous flooding associated with heavy rain that overswept the Shenandoah Valley Sunday and into Monday morning.

The river had been projected to crest at 1 p.m. Monday at 10.5 feet, a foot over the 9.5-foot flood stage, according to the Waynesboro Department of Emergency Management.

An update from the city at 1 p.m. reported that the river actually reached its highest point at 10 feet at 8:45 a.m. 

Emergency Management Director Gary Critzer, earlier Monday, had called a 10.5-foot crest “livable,” with minor flooding on roadways the biggest issue.

A crest at 11 or 11.5 feet would put residential neighborhoods and downtown businesses in the South River floodplain at risk for flood-related damage.

Photos and video shot in the 9 a.m. hour this morning show just how close the city was to experiencing damaging flooding.


The South River at the Main Street Bridge


Looking north toward the Main Street bridge.  

The South River at the YMCA


A view from the bridge at Lyndhurst Road and Wayne Avenue.  

The South River at the Lyndhurst Road park


The picnic shelter in the public park near the river at
Lyndhurst Road is submerged by floodwaters.

The South River at Meadowbrook Road


A look across Meadowbrook Road from the entrance to
the Waynesboro Country Club.

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