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DAMAGING DOWNPOUR

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The destroyed span over Orgainsville Road. A Clarksville motorist, William Lyons, 59, was trapped in the flooded creek during the night Friday when he drove his vehicle in the abyss.
SoVaNow.com / May 21, 2014
Last week’s torrential rainfall left some county roadways flooded, others with gaping holes, and it overwhelmed Clarksville’s sewage treatment plant — causing rainwater mixed with sewage to back up into one home on Commerce Street.

The effects of the storm were widespread, and in some cases the damage was acute.

Soaked by more than six inches of pounding rain, a storm drainage pipe under Orgainsville Road near the intersection with Trottinridge Road collapsed, causing a large sinkhole to form under the road. The pavement gave way, leaving a large hole in Orgainsville Road .

Traveling on Orgainsville Road in the rain and dark around 2:10 a.m. early Friday morning, Willie Lyons, 59, of Clarksville never saw the hole that swallowed up him and his 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier.

The rushing water pushed his car about 200 yards down Rocky Branch creek into the woods before it stopped, after being snagged by a tree limb.

Chase City Volunteer Fire Department 1st Lt. Cameron Hatcher said Lyons was rescued thanks to the search efforts of members of the Chase City Volunteer Fire Department and Trooper J. A. Wilmoth with the Virginia State Police. He was transported to MCV in Richmond where he is being treated for his injuries, including several broken bones.

Wilmoth reported that no charges would be filed against Lyons.

For now, East Orgainsville Road remains closed to through traffic. Officials with VDOT did not respond to a request to determine how long the road would remain closed.

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