Flooding damages homes, blocks roads in Galax

GALAX, Va. (WDBJ) -- For Carroll County Sheriff John Gardner, it was a long night.

"It's been crazy," he said. "We had a lot of rain really fast. We've been outside, so I can't even tell you how much rain we've had."

Scenes like the one on Trapper Drive, where crews worked to clear water and debris from the roadway, were commonplace throughout the city of Galax and its surrounding areas on Wednesday.

Sheriff Gardner said Wednesday's flooding was worse than anything Hurricane Florence brought to the area.

"It's been a long time since we've had this much rain this fast that's caused this much damage," Gardner said.

Some homes got so much water, Gardner said they'll likely be considered a total loss.

While nobody has been injured, the sheriff said further evacuations could be necessary if more rain comes.

"It's coming. We think there'll be more rain coming, and I've talked to the folks who we all talked to tonight and tried to find them a place," he said. "They all had homes and other places they could go to tonight, but we're kind of just waiting to see what the storm brings."