Henry County community picking up the pieces following Sunday’s flash flooding

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HENRY COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Many residents are left picking up the pieces in Henry County after major flash flooding hit the county Sunday night.

One of the areas hit hardest by the storms was Bassett, where multiple houses on Springhouse Lane were damaged.

“It was just a normal thunderstorm when it started. And it just got stalled. And the rain got heavier and heavier,” said Teresa Hodges, a Springhouse Lane resident.

Hodges says a tiny creek near her home was overrun by water on Sunday night.

“And then everything was just chaotic and it was just crazy,” said Hodges.

She says her driveway was washed out, but with the help of many, they were able to make it usable again.

“It could have been a lot worse, we had water running behind the house and in front of the house and all around us, but we were saved and God is good. I feel so bad for my neighbors because they’re my cousins as well. I hate it for them so bad,” said Hodges.

She says both of her neighbors’ homes were destroyed inside and out. One those neighbors is Chad Bowman.

“Had to hold the front door together for a good 45 minutes cause it was busting the door open. The frame was just breaking loose, so I just stood there to give it all I could and that just kept a lot of the water out of my house,” Bowman said.

He says he knew his house was damaged and his mother’s home next door took on a lot of water, but he didn’t know to what extent until he saw it in the light of day.

“I didn’t think it was this bad because my house didn’t get the water that hers did. I felt the house shaking. I knew we had a mudslide out back and I knew the car had washed around,” said Bowman.

Henry County Assistant Fire Marshall Kiah Cooper says the rain came very quickly and didn’t give homeowners time to plan or act. Fortunately, there weren’t any injuries.

“We had a lot of calls coming in at one time. You can kind of call it chaotic for lack of a better term,” said Cooper.

“But it was a busy night for Bassett Fire Department, Bassett Rescue, and a lot of other volunteer departments in our county.”

Cooper asks that anyone with any structural damage contact the Henry County Department Public Safety by emailing stormdamage@co.henry.va.us or calling (276) 634-4660 and leaving your name, address, and contact information so officials can come out and survey the damage.

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