Heavy Rains Prompt Flood Rescue, Blocks Roads : Update 1:00 PM (Sunday)

Flash flood at Rts. 250 & 151, Afton, VA. (Tommy Stafford) © NelsonCountyLife.com
Photo By Tommy Stafford ©2011 www.nelsoncountylife.com : Bystanders, family and friends, pause for a minute after Rockfish FD rescue personnel helped get this child and family out of a flodded home at the intersection of Route 151 and 250 Saturday afternoon.

Intense rains that began Saturday morning ad rescue crews busy in the afternoon as homeowners and motorists are coped with rising flash flood waters. The intersection of Routes 250 and 151 in the Albemarle County side of Afton was the scene of a Rockfish Valley Fire Dept. rescue of a family trapped in their house as it sat surrounded by water. In Greenfield, the river at Rt. 635 temporarily closed the road with cars turning around. Water over roads in nearby Nellysford also reported.

Around 6PM Saturday night Nelson County Sheriff David Brooks reported all of these roads closed. : Nelson Road Closures – Roseland Rd, Ennis Mtn Rd, Chapel Hollow Rd, Crabtree Falls Hwy, Rosemill Rd, Afton Mtn Rd, Glenthorne Loop. As of Sunday morning, many of the roads reopened to traffic, but some have been permanently closed awaiting repairs.

Video Tommy shot at 250 & 151 intersection.

The family living in this house at 250 & 151 makes it up the hill to safety after the torrential rains.
A man talks on his cellphone at a blocked Route 250 & 151 as flood waters rage down from Afton Mountain.
No go. This man just check out the intersection at 250 & 151. Totally impassable.
A Rockfish Valley Volunteer Fire & Rescue person talks with Nelson County Dispatch Saturday afternoon while 250 & 151 was flooded out.
Members of the Rockfish Valley Fire and Rescue help a family to safety from flooding of their home at 250 & 151
Goodwin Creek Farm Rd at Route 151. Water floods the highway as cars try to make it through.
Photo By Susan Gorman : Batesville completely flooded by Saturday's heavy rains.
Photo By Yvette Stafford : Greenfield Rd just east of Route 151 around 6PM Saturday evening. Totally flooded and parts of road washed out.
Spruce Creek Lane flooded in Nellysford, VA (via Sara McGann) © NelsonCountyLife.com
Nellysford saw plenty of rain, but nowhere near as much as the Afton area saw from Saturday's floods.
View our complete flooding album over on our Facebook page by clicking on the image above.


  1. Let’s give credit where credit it due. It was the two gentlemen (See pic w/ Ms. Pace holding dog & other lady holding baby) that rescued this family not the fire dept. The fire dept arrived AFTER the rescue had taken place. It was thru Robert Smith’s tow rope that he & the other gentleman courageously tied to the tree’s & window sill & then waded thru close to 6 feet of water and helped the family to safety. Robert even carried the baby to safety (my hubby the hero!) Way to help our extended neighbors out honey – YOU ROCK! Other Guy – YOU ROCK TOO! Thanks for helping this family & my Husband out; it’s more courageous citizens like them that we need! God Bless you both & the Family!!

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