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Heavy rain rips roads apart in Buckingham County

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BUCKINGHAM, VA (WWBT) -

Neighbors in Buckingham County are dealing with a big mess following Thursday night's downpour. V-DOT crews are on scene of a huge washout on High Rock Road, near State Road 650. So many roads are flooded in this area, schools had to be canceled Friday.

The downpour's aftermath is so shocking-- you'd have to see it to believe it.

"It's been a while since we got rain like this," said neighbor Shelton Johnson.

He woke up to the mess.

"I decided to come out here and take a look," he said.

It's one of more than a dozen roads closed in Buckingham due to flooding. In this case, the 60 inch pipe under the road wasn't powerful enough for the torrential downpour. Friday, V-DOT shut down High Rock Road and is now working to fix the problem.

The situation was so bad all throughout the county, it even gave area school children a day off.

"There were some bridges that were impassable, some bridges that were missing," said Superintendent Cecil Sneed.

He took a tour of the county early Friday morning and made the call -- before students could hit the roads.

"They would especially be coming to school unaware," he explained.

So instead, Buckingham canceled classes.

"Having 42 buses out on the road, students who drive to high school, we realized it would not be in the best interest of our students to have school today," Sneed said.

He expects it will be safe for students to return Monday. Meantime, neighbors are re-routed from traveling on several roads they frequently use.

"You have traffic on this road everyday because this is a cut through," Johnson said.

"We needed water just not all at one time," neighbor Charles Atkinson added.

V-DOT is also responding to a few road closures in nearby Cumberland County. You can check the status of road closures by visiting this website.

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