RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) – Tropical storm Andrea has come and gone, but not without leaving her mark.
23-year-old William Reid lives near the intersection of James River Drive, also known as Route 10, and Ward’s Creek Road in Prince George County. This is the second time something like this has happened in his lifetime.
“It picked up huge chunks of asphalt and moved it in the middle of the road,” Reid said. “It kind of freaked me out a little bit.”
V-DOT shut down a portion of Route 10, after the rushing waters nearly washed away a bridge.
At one point, neighbors say the flooding was so bad that it reached has high as a mailbox.
The floods forced some people to leave their homes, while others stayed inside until the waters receded.
The storm’s impact meant the mailman had to get around on foot, but we watched some drivers move the barriers and actually head across the bridge.
“When they do this stuff and they put sand piles up like that,” Reid said. “They do that for a reason.”
Reid said he has been up nearly half the night re-routing traffic to keep drivers off the bridge and out of harm’s way.
“The bridge is waving and shaking. It’s pretty tore up. It’s going to be untravellable [sic] for at least a week or two,” Reid said.
Even though Reid knows the road closure will be a huge inconvenience, he’d never risk his life on it.
“I’m a country boy. I grew up here. I hunt. I fish. I do it all,” Reid said. “I wouldn’t ride my truck across it. That’s for sure.”
A V-DOT spokesperson tells CBS 6 engineers are waiting for the flood waters to fully recede before they inspect the bridge off James River Drive at Ward’s Creek Road to make sure it’s safe for drivers.
Right now, there’s no word on how long it will take or when that road will be re-opened.