3 people missing after being swept away in Charlottesville area flooding


(WRIC) — One person has been found dead and another remains missing out of Albemarle County after their vehicle was swept away in flash floods caused by Subtropical Storm Alberto.

Albemarle County Fire Chief Dan Eggleston said at a news conference Thursday that rescuers were pausing the search for the missing flood victim overnight because of dangerous conditions.

He said the search would resume Friday morning in the daylight.

According to police, a man and a woman were last seen in the water Wednesday night as their Silver Toyota Prius was being swept away in floodwaters where a rural road crosses Ivy Creek.

A second vehicle also was swept away, but its driver was able to swim to a safe location.

Thursday afternoon, the Albemarle County Police Department said one of the missing occupants from the Prius had been found dead. The other occupant is still missing.

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8News spoke with residents from Ivy about the powerful storms.

“I think in my entire life I’ve never seen rain like this,” said William Calland. 

Riding around the area on his bike, Calland has seen a lot. 

“Police lights, you know there’s boats, rafts with everything and motors. And I was just terrified,” Calland told 8News. 

Search crews have been out all day on Thursday, trying to find the victims. 

“It’s really wooded and would be very surprised that a car could get misplaced there, but the car’s just gone,” Calland said. 

Witnessing the toll of the storm, neighbors hearts go out to their loved ones. 

“It really just made me feel really nervous. I feel, you know, very scared for the family,” Calland told 8News. 

Further north in Madison County, one person was rescued Wednesday night and another is still missing following the flash floods. The Ruckersville Fire Department told Newsplex this happened in the Syria area. 

Dan Eggleston, Albemarle County Fire Chief, spoke with 8News about the storm damage. 

“I can’t recall the last time I’ve seen this much rain in a short period of time,” Eggleston said.

Sierra Fox reports for 8News.

Route 33 over Swift Run Gap remains closed in Greene and Rockingham counties Friday morning due to mudslides on the mountain pass. VDOT crews are working to clear the slides and reopen the road, but they say it’s likely there will be a lengthy closure.

A total of 30 roads have been closed due to the weather damage and flooding. 

“We have banks that 10 to 12 feet high that are unstable and falling in,” Eggleston explained. “Do not drive over a floodway that’s flooded. Turn around and go back.”

Emergency crews suspended the search for Thursday night as the heavy rain and storm damage continues to make it an unsafe for people in the area. 

“That just gives you an idea of just how complex the terrain is down there,” Eggleston said. 

The search is expected to continue Friday morning.  

The Associated Press contributed to this report: bit.ly/2H7Gnj5

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