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Grant to help with CB home ownership

A few lucky, willing, residents of Colonial Beach soon may move from rental units to home ownership ...

Town and School Board sign agreement

After months of negotiation, the Colonial Beach Town Council and School Board have finally reached a...

Planning Director, Mitchell resigns

Colonial Beach is currently looking for a Planning Director to fill the shoes of Gary Mitchell, who ...

Colonial Beach boil water notice rescinded

Colonial Beach residents were given the ‘all clear’ on July 25, after being notified 3 days earlier ...

Colonial Beach drinking water contamination determination to notify public lies with Health Department

On July 23, at 10:15 a.m., The Journal spoke with Bennett Ragnauth, Engineering Field Director from ...

Colonial Beach - Boil your water

Don't drink the water, until it is boiled

Public Works Director Rob Murphy said that E-Coli bacteri...

 

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Severe rain leaves residents stranded

VDOT, Police, Fire and Rescue were kept on edge all night on Thursday, Sept. 8 and into the morning hours of Friday,  responding to trapped motorists in high, raging water all around the Colonial Beach area and throughout Westmoreland and King George Counties.

If Tropical storm Lee dumped its water on Texas it would have created 6 inches of rain for the entire state and ended the drought and wild fires, but it dumped its water on the East Coast instead.

Colonial Beach got more than its share of rain.

Flooding was compounded by the failure of several man made dams in the Placid Bay and Westmoreland Shores making these the hardest

Read more: Severe rain leaves residents stranded

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.


-Linda Farneth  

Hurricane Irene blows through, capping off a challenging week

Mother Nature dealt a triple blow to Colonial Beach last week beginning with a 5.8 magnitude earthquake on Tuesday, Aug. 23, a severe thunderstorm on Thursday, Aug. 25, and culminating with tropical storm strength wind and rain from Hurricane Irene beginning on Saturday, Aug. 27 in the morning and ending almost 24 hours later in the early hours of Sunday, Aug. 28. 

Natural disasters such as earthquakes and hurricanes are normally rare occurrences and, never in the history of Colonial Beach have such major, potentially devastating natural events pummeled this small riverfront town within days of each

Read more: Hurricane Irene blows through, capping off a challenging week

CB revitalization efforts continue

The Management Team for the revitalization grant application project continues to meet every other Monday at Town Center.

The team currently is preparing for an upcoming Saturday, Aug. 13, public meeting where participants will be asked to vote on a new slogan for the town. Based on recommendations from team members and the public, at least five new slogans will be available for participants to choose from and vote for their favorite. Participants will also have an opportunity to submit a slogan during the meeting. Colonial Beach has long been known as the “Playground of the Potomac” and that slogan will be included in the vote.

Read more: CB revitalization efforts continue

911 system problems resolved

Oak Grove Volunteer Fire Chief Mike Gutridge reported that a problem in the 911 emergency communication system occurred on Friday at noon.  Emergency 911 calls for fire and/or rescue in Oak Grove and Colonial Beach were being properly received or “toned,” but the system that alerts individual volunteer responders was not working properly.  Gutridge was able to use a text messaging system and an alternative radio channel to alert responders to report to the station.  

As of 9 p.m. Sunday night, Gutridge reported, the system was fully operational.

Westmoreland County Administrator Norm Risavi reported that the county was able to procure and place a temporary 911 communications tower in Colonial Beach on Saturday from Fairfax County.   Risavi reports that the county had contacted the contractor for the Motorola

Read more: 911 system problems resolved

Revitalization focuses on marketing, history

The management team for the revitalization grant application effort met on Monday, June 20, at Town Hall.  The team meets every other Monday at 6 p.m. 

Members of the team include professional consultant Carol Rizzio, LandStudio, PC; business owners/representatives High Tides restaurant’s Vickie Coffman, Bank of Lancaster’s Sharon Dunavant, and Cyberbility’s John DePasquale; town residents Walter Kern, Maureen McCabe, Casey Flores, Glenda

Read more: Revitalization focuses on marketing, history

Storms knock out power, down trees

Severe thunderstorms on Saturday and Sunday knocked out power and downed trees throughout Colonial Beach during Riverfest weekend. On Saturday, the storms subsided in time for the carnival and fireworks show to go on.

The worst storm occurred on Sunday afternoon. High winds uprooted a large tree that fell onto two cars parked at the Wilder parking lot; one car had two occupants. No serious injuries were reported. There were approximately 20 incidents reported

Read more: Storms knock out power, down trees

CB: Creating the town vision

As summertime arrives and beach businesses gear up for tourist season, the Management Team for the Business District Revitalization Grant is working hard studying ways to improve the economic picture in Colonial Beach.  The team — facilitated by Carol Rizzo of Land Studio, PC — is composed of volunteers including local business representatives, town residents, local government, and representatives from non-profit and philanthropic groups.

The team met on Monday, May 23, and continued to create a vision statement that succinctly describes the amenities of the town

Read more: CB: Creating the town vision

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