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From the archives: The Flood of '85

From the archives: The Flood of '85

The Election Day Flood of 1985 brought mayhem and mud to the Lynchburg area. The churning James River, 17 feet above flood stage, raced through the Hill City in the aftermath of heavy rains brought by remnants of Tropical Storm Juan. Some buildings burned, plants flooded and – for a time – it looked as if the old Williams Viaduct was going to fall victim to the raging water beneath it. Miraculously, despite the damage, no lives were lost.

Darrell Laurant: Remembering the Flood of '85

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