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Colonial Beach residents stranded by torrential rains from Tropical Storm Lee

State Route 205 in Westmoreland County was closed on Friday morning because the road had washed out. Matthew Green took this photo of a truck and an SUV in the gash cut in the road surface near Willie's restaurant.

Motorists were getting out of their cars and walking up to inspect the hole in Rt. 205. 

Hurricane Irene did not dump as much water on Colonial Beach as Tropical Storm Lee did.
After two days of heavy down pours and flood watches, Thursday evening's storms really packed a punch for residents.
What started around 5 p.m. with minor puddling and light sprinkles quickly turned into a deluge of water with no place to go.
Residents reported yards, basements and low lying areas flooding. Back yards began to look like rivers, cars began to get stuck in ditches and were quickly abandoned.
The water on Colonial Ave. and Jackson Street was reported to be waist deep by resident Bobby Hooker.
7-11 had to close its gas pumps, but the tanks have since been inspected, the gasoline is free of water and the pumps have been reopened.
Residents of 405 Livingstone were seeking a room tonight at the Colonial Beach Inn after a tree fell on their house and caved in their roof.
Three of the women at the Cooper Branch library were stranded for the evening unable to drive through the flooded streets of Colonial Beach.
Matthew Putman, a page at the library, reported that shortly after 6:30 p.m. flooding began in the back office of the library and started to soak into the main area. Employees moved all the books from the lower shelves as a precaution.
The library also suffered some leaking through out the roof and Putman reported that a mouse was found swimming in one of the bathroom toilets, no doubt fleeing from the overfilled pipes but was quickly flushed back down.
The Colonial Beach girls volleyball team were stranded in King and Queen. The School had to find the girls a hotel to stay for the evening.
Colonial Beach Fire Department called on King George Fire Department when they could not reach stranded motorists on Rt 205 at Wilkerson's.
A woman was reported to be stranded on Potomac Mills Road; dispatch stated that she was sitting on top of her car. Rescue crews dispatched included boat rescue.
Due to extreme flooding CB schools will be closed tomorrow.

Update: Colonial Beach police confirmed this morning that the only route out of Colonial Beach is Longfield (dragstrip) Rd. to Stoney Knoll Rd. Rt. 3 Kings Hwy. was closed this morning with road blocks at the stop light at Oak Grove and at the Westmoreland/King George County line. 

 The photo of the two vehicles which fell in to the ditch dug out in Rt. 205 was taken by Matthew Green. The photo came to The Journal from several different sources, but apparently it was Mr. Green who took the photo originally.


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