Deltaville bracing for Irene

DELTAVILLE, VA (WWBT) - Middlesex County leaders say this storm's track has worsened in the last 24 hours for the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula. They are now bracing for the possibility of heavy flooding from the Chesapeake and 60 mile an hour winds.

A perfect day in Deltaville, for one more trip, but all eyes here are well aware of Irene's eye inching up the coast.

"We'll center it in the dock and that way it can go up and down and it won't hit anything," said Harvey Morris.

He and his wife are from Midlothian and came to Deltaville Thursday to take down the sails and tie up their boat.

RACHEL: "Little nerve wracking?"
NIKKI MORRIS: "Well, you just do what you can and hope you've done enough."

Some drove from Richmond to remove their boats completely from the water. Homeowners along the Rappahannock and Chesapeake plan to bring out the plywood Friday.

"It's a serious storm. It may not do much damage, but it's just too close to call right now and by the time it gets here and the water's high, it's too late to protect your property then," said Charles Culley. 

Like most folks here, Middlesex County Administrator Charles Culley is over natural disasters.

"It's a major storm and we never like to see those come ashore in the Carolinas or in Virginia," he said.

The town's still rebuilding from a tornado 5 months ago that destroyed a church and 33 homes. Like the rest of Virginia, the earth moved in Deltaville Tuesday, and now hurricane Irene.

"Deltaville needs a break," said Bob Epp. 

Bob and his wife made the drive from New Kent County to shore up their boat.

"It's hard to tell what it will do based on the warmth of the water," Bob said.

If Irene's wind and water invades, folks in Deltaville say they're as ready as you can be.

Middlesex County leaders are considering declaring a local state of emergency tonight or Friday. If the county declares it could mean mandatory evacuations in some low lying areas. It could also mean a shelter will open.

For emergency updates from Middlesex County including information on evacuations and shelters, you can call 804-758-4715.

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