‘It just crushed anything in its path’: Bedford County emergency crews return from helping with flood damage in Hurley

Lynchburg & Central Virginia News

BEDFORD COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — First responders from central Virginia area are now back from Buchanan County after helping out with search, rescue, and evacuation efforts amid the flooding in the Hurley area.

Bedford County’s Fire and Rescue team left for Hurley on Monday, Aug. 30, but then returned on Tuesday, Aug. 31 and spoke with WFXR News’ Amanda Lee about what they saw.

“The waters came so fast and in such volume, that it just crushed anything in its path. Our crew was out on foot, going house-to-house, trying to make contact with the residents that were there,” said Deputy Chief Abbey Johnston. “It was catastrophic. I can tell you that there’s been very little coverage of the event and seeing it firsthand, it is absolutely catastrophic damage to that small town.”

The flooding led to mudslides, many animals drowning, and debris piling up. Residents were in desperate need of help.

“We did encounter a gentleman who needed assistance getting removed from his home. And due to the conditions, we had to cut the side of his house to access him and carry him out,” explained Johnston.

About 20 homes were moved from their foundations and several trailers were washed away.

“Mobile homes were completely disintegrated,” Johnston said. “We saw no less than two dozen vehicles in varying degrees of damage, overturned, in the water.”

Overall, she says her crew is glad they were able to help their neighbors in far southwest Virginia.

“I just ask people to be prayerful for our neighbors down in southwest Virginia. This is really a life-changing catastrophic event,” expressed Johnston.

If you would like to donate to families impacted by the flooding in Hurley, the Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office says they need water, cleaning supplies, shovels, batteries, flashlights, and battery-powered lanterns. However, they do not need clothing.

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