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Historic flooding leads to water restrictions in Chesterfield County

Posted at 6:44 PM, Aug 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-17 18:44:52-04

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. -- Portions of Chesterfield County saw nearly 10 inches of rain over the weekend, causing "historic flooding" that water flooded out a majority of the county's water supply and led to water restrictions for essential uses only.

George Hayes of the Chesterfield Department of Utilities said that it's important for Chesterfield residents to abide by the water restrictions in order for the county to conserve the water supply.

“if it starts getting warmer and people start using irrigation more, we will not have enough supply in the system. It’s really important for our customers to go out there and turn off their irrigation systems," Hayes said.

Residents said that that the weekend's rain and flooding was the most they'd ever seen, particularly near Swift Creek at Branders Bridge Road.

County leaders stress that the drinking water is safe, and that the remaining water supply can sustain the entire county, for now, if residents conserve water.

While it's too early for damage estimates, Chesterfield leaders say they’re in contact with state emergency officials about possibly helping out.