‘The water’s nearly in my garage:’ Blocked culvert leads to near catastrophe for one Todd homeowner


Blocked culvert leads to near catastrophe for one Todd homeowner



(Photo submitted) Michelle Severt saw this scene outside her Todd home Thursday afternoon.


(Photo submitted) Michelle Severt’s home along tiny Call Creek found itself nearly inundated with flood waters Thursday afternoon


(Photo submitted) Michelle Severt’s home can be seen in this photo, taken from East Mill Creek Road, by Mike Bauguess.


(Photo submitted) This scene shows flood waters cresting East Mill Creek Road in Todd Thursday afternoon. Michelle Severt’s home, not visible here, sits to the left out of the frame of this photo taken by Mike Bauguess shortly before 2 p.m. Thursday afternoon.


TODD-Heavy rains became a problem in a big way Thursday afternoon for one East Mill Creek Road family.

Michelle Severt, who owns a home just west of the intersection of Woodstown Road, found her home nearly inundated with muddy water shortly after 1:30 p.m. Thursday. The home sits alongside tiny Call Creek.

But the stream was anything but tiny Thursday afternoon. Severt said the creek’s drainage culvert had become blocked following heavy rain and flood waters rose high enough to enter her garage.

Severt said county workers quickly showed up to unblock the culvert, but said she hopes the decision is made in the future to improve the flow of Call Creek.

“This isn’t the first time this has happened,” Severt said. “The county seriously, urgently needs to replace the culvert with two larger ones or a bridge.”

The National Weather Service’s Blacksburg office warned Thursday morning of localized flooding that could develop under powerful – though scattered – storms that will move through the area between Thursday and Sunday.

“While widespread severe weather is not anticipated, a few of the storms may produce isolated wind damage,” National Weather Service Warning Coordination Meteorologist Phil Hysell said. “In addition, rainfall rates under the stronger storms may reach 1-2” per hour resulting in localized flooding, especially if these storms develop or move over urban and/or poor drainage areas.”

Reach Adam Orr at 336-489-3058.

(Photo submitted) Michelle Severt saw this scene outside her Todd home Thursday afternoon.
http://jeffersonpost.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_Flooding.jpg(Photo submitted) Michelle Severt saw this scene outside her Todd home Thursday afternoon.

(Photo submitted) Michelle Severt’s home along tiny Call Creek found itself nearly inundated with flood waters Thursday afternoon
http://jeffersonpost.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_Flooding4.jpg(Photo submitted) Michelle Severt’s home along tiny Call Creek found itself nearly inundated with flood waters Thursday afternoon

(Photo submitted) Michelle Severt’s home can be seen in this photo, taken from East Mill Creek Road, by Mike Bauguess.
http://jeffersonpost.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_Flooding5.jpg(Photo submitted) Michelle Severt’s home can be seen in this photo, taken from East Mill Creek Road, by Mike Bauguess.

(Photo submitted) This scene shows flood waters cresting East Mill Creek Road in Todd Thursday afternoon. Michelle Severt’s home, not visible here, sits to the left out of the frame of this photo taken by Mike Bauguess shortly before 2 p.m. Thursday afternoon.
http://jeffersonpost.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_Flooding6.jpg(Photo submitted) This scene shows flood waters cresting East Mill Creek Road in Todd Thursday afternoon. Michelle Severt’s home, not visible here, sits to the left out of the frame of this photo taken by Mike Bauguess shortly before 2 p.m. Thursday afternoon.
Blocked culvert leads to near catastrophe for one Todd homeowner
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