Boaters hunker down in Deltaville

By Rachel DePompa - bio | email

DELTAVILLE, VA (WWBT) - In Middlesex County along the Rappahannock River, folks with summer homes and boats 60 miles east of Richmond are hunkering down.

Although the storm is expected to brush by, boaters aren't taking any chances. The docks in Deltaville were a little frantic Thursday.

"Pull it all the way over! All the way," yells a boater from Chesterfield. He and many others spent the day binding their prize possessions in case Hurricane Earl makes a surprise appearance. "25 miles 30 miles more westerly we could have some big wind in here. So, everybody is kinda preparing for the big wind," said Captain Chip Powell from Mathews County.

Damian McInerney from Richmond added, "There's quite a few people down here today, this is sometimes even more than we see on the weekend. So you know their preparing."

Those who frequent the Rappahannock have long memories. "We been through a lot of hurricanes down here and we've seen the water up to waist," said Larry Dato from Chesterfield County.

Just 10 months ago, a bad nor'easter moved this river like an ocean. "We were here during Isabel, and Isabel was pretty heavy. All across this whole area here was flooded," said McInerney.

Though, only the fringes of Earl are expected in Deltaville, bringing light wind and rain, boaters here are not taking any chances. "Not really nervous, based on our forecast right now. What is it? 10:30 11:00 in the morning? Ask me again six hours from now. And I could change that," said Powell.

Larry Dato goes a step further and has a message for Earl. "Come on man, do your best. Give us your best shot! We're ready!"

Middlesex County will have emergency personnel on standup Friday into Friday night just in case.

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