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Benchmark Bank employees were busy yesterday drying out computers that were damaged when water came through the ceiling during Tuesday’s rainstorm. (David Conner photos)
SoVaNow.com / June 20, 2013

“It was like someone just took a humongous bucket of water and poured it on us.” That’s how Bunny Propst of Riverdale Auto Sales described the late Tuesday afternoon storm that dumped some three inches of rain on Riverdale in a 20-minute period.

But Propst and other Riverdale business owners had no problems that could compare with Benchmark Community Bank up the hill on U.S. 501. The bank was closed all day yesterday as employees struggled to push massive amounts of water out of the building and dry computers that had been soaked when water dripped in from the ceiling.

Said Ace Bohanon of Benchmark: “We simply haven’t figured out how the water got in here. We think some how water accumulated in the drain pipes and then flooded onto the flat roof on the side of the building.”

Bohanon said the bank suffered significant damages to its computers, and he did not yet know how much water may have soaked into the walls. Clean-up specialists and electricians were on the scene helping with the repairs.

Bohanon said the bank would open first thing this morning and resume regular service at 8:30 a.m.

The storm, which hit the community just after 5 p.m., spread water across the outer lanes of 501, said Propst, although the center lanes were not affected. Motorists continued to drive by, splashing plumes of water. Law enforcement officers tried to slow them down but to little avail, Propst said.

South Boston Public Services Director Alan Auld said the drain pipes at the Riverdale intersection of 501 and 58 likely were not able to handle the heavy downpour. The amount of rain that fell Tuesday, Auld said, compared to the downpour of the 100 year flood plan, and most storm drains are not built to handle such capacities in such a short period of time.

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I suppose this is John Cannon's cue to again start braying about turning Riverdale into a wetlands park.


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