Weather causes a variety of problems

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UPDATED — Torrential downpours. Hurricane-force winds. Ice. Snow. Flooding. This weekend had it all.

By Staff Reports



Ice, wind and water caused different kinds of hazards from roadways to waterways to greenways over the weekend.
Three vehicles overturned due to winds on Interstate 77 near the 3 milemarker in the northbound lanes on Sunday.
Workers on the scene believed that winds may have approached hurricane speeds.
That delayed the recovery of one of the wrecked tractor-trailers until conditions eased.
Virginia State Police Trooper Chuck Campbell responded to two calls of two empty or partially empty tractor trailers getting knocked over by the high winds at about 10:15 p.m. Sunday.
A northbound 2011 Kenworth, operated by a David Tracy of Charlotte, slowed at the 2.8 mile marker for an accident ahead involving a vehicle pulling a trailer, according to police reports. That's when the crosswinds rolled the truck onto its side on top of the guardrail there.
(The accident involving the vehicle and trailer did not cause enough damage to result in a report.)
A second incident happened in the same spot at about 11:03 p.m. when a 2003 International driven by Kevin Williams of Lincolnton, N.C., got turned over by the crosswinds, too.
One trailer was ripped open. Damage estimates included $35,000 for the Kenworth and $75,000 for the International.
Virginia Department of Transportation spokeswoman Heidi Underwood said that weather station information showed gusts in the area of up to 61 mph before midnight on Sunday.
"These empty trailers act like a big sail on a sail boat," Virginia State Police First Sgt. Mike Musser noted. Once the wind catches them, there's not much a driver can do to correct the tractor-trailer.
Musser also confirmed there was a small landslide on Lambsburg Mountain that washed mud onto Lambsburg Road.  VDOT crews were able to clean up the road with no real traffic impact.
After a weekend of continual rain Saturday and Sunday, VDOT reported several road closures Sunday afternoon.
Carroll roads listed as flooded included Penbrook Lane, Pauls Creek Road and William Drive.
In Grayson, Peaks Mountain Road had become impassible due to flooding. The Coal Creek community was also flooded on Sunday.
Underwood said Monday that the road crews noted that the water had started receding and expected to reopen the affected roads quickly after water levels returned to normal levels.
In Galax, a swollen and fast-moving Chestnut Creek rushed by carrying tree limbs and other debris from upstream. Despite coming within a couple feet of spilling over its banks, the creek did not flood in the city.
In the nearby neighborhood around Givens Street, however, streets and yards were under about a foot of water. Storm drains in the low-lying community were not able to handle the volume of water from the deluge.
Homes and downtown businesses in Galax also reported flooding.
City Manager Keith Barker said city crews had to take care of some downed trees during the storm.
Hillsville Town Manager Larry South reported Monday that Beaver Dam Trail will be closed until further notice as two of the bridges over the creek were affected by high water.
He received a call saying that one of the trails got washed out.
No other reports of damage came in from Hillsville, according to South.
After the rain came sleet, snow and icy roads as temperatures dipped into the 20s and 30s.
VDOT road crews saw snow at 3 p.m. Sunday and tackled downed trees that blocked roadways in the high winds, Underwood said.
But the weather warmed up again Monday morning, after Sunday nights high winds blew the storm out to the east.
"I think everything has subsided today," Musser said Monday.