Roads, bridges flooded in Salem

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SALEM, Va. (WFXR) — Residents are flocking to see flooded streets and bridges in Salem.

One of the more popular views for people is the Low Water bridge on Mill Lane.

Brian Guthrie lives down the street from the bridge. He says his house is doing okay despite nearly four days’ worth of near constant rainfall.

“A friend wanted a picture so I wanted to come down here and take a picture for them,” said Guthrie.

He walked down from his house to come get a look at the bridge for himself. He says fortunately even though he lives so close, his house is safe.

“It’s not really flooded, water is just trickling in a little bit. Just a tiny bit, the house is old. With this much rain it’s hard to absorb it,” said Guthrie.

A spokesperson for the city says this long rain event has at least given people time to take cover and prepare. Now, they have to wait for the water to stop rising and start receding.

It’s time Brian says he’s grateful to have.

“We’re actually pretty safe. The water goes around the house. So it’s not like it’s going to be a big problem, but water does have a tendency sometimes to come in a little bit.”

He and many others stopped by this gas station to see the flooding. It’s even come up to the pumps.

Other than his quick looks at the flooding, Brian says he doesn’t plan on risking being out and about.

“I ain’t been going no where. I came home last night, they said flood warning, flood warning.”

Many people who went to look at the water say it reminds them of other floods. Some fearing the water might get as high as the flood of 1985, which mean say was the worst they could remember.

One thing that everyone I spoke to agreed, was safety is important when dealing with flood waters, even if you’re just looking at it.

“Water is something you got to respect. If you don;t, it’s gonna get you. That’s all there is too it, you’ve got to respect it,” said Joe Riggins.

“A truck or car can hydroplane on that water, and at the same time, like right there you can’t see it. Who knows if the pavement is washed out underneath? And that could drop you off into trouble.”

Riggins a former truck driver who says he drove through the area during the flood of 1985.

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