2018-05-23 / News Briefs



County sees 7 inches of rain in four days

Chesterfield wasn’t spared in the deluge that saw parts of the region receive more than 8 inches of rain over a four-day period.

According to Andrew Zimmerman, a meteorologist with the National Weather Services’ forecast office in Wakefield, a co-op observer in Winterpock reported 6.95 inches of precipitation between last Wednesday and this Sunday.

The rain impacted some more than others. Citing severe rain and flooding predictions, Chesterfield schools released two hours early on Friday, cancelled after-school activities and postponed Clover Hill High’s prom. Swift Creek Mill Theatre, located directly next to Swift Creek, cancelled opening night of its new show, “Always a Bridesmaid,” on Saturday night as a precaution.

“We had about 150 people coming on Saturday night, but the water was 8 or 9 feet above normal and lapping against the building,” says artistic director Tom Width. “We decided the better part of valor would be to cancel.”

Width, who has spent four decades with the theater, says it “wasn’t a historic flood for us by any stretch,” and that Swift Creek plans to open the show this Thursday.

Driver in single-vehicle crash dies

County police are investigating a single-vehicle crash that occurred in the 13800 block of Happy Hill Road on May 12 at about 1:40 a.m.

According to police, a silver Kia Optima was traveling east on Happy Hill when it ran off the road, spun and struck a tree. The driver of the vehicle, Dale. L. Williams, 30, was transported to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries. Williams, of the 13900 block of Happy Hill Road, died on May 17.

Mobile home catches fire, kills dog

County fire officials have concluded that a May 20 fire at a mobile home that claimed the life of a dog was accidental, though an exact cause has not been determined.

Chesterfield Fire and EMS crews responded to the 5700 block of Cogbill Road at 8:21 p.m. to find heavy fire and smoke coming from a mobile home. It took crews about 40 minutes to get the fire under control. No people were injured in the fire, but a dog was killed. One person has been displaced.

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