Cypress Swamp Road remains closed

Published 10:58 am Friday, September 9, 2011

NEWSOMS—It’s expected to take another week before repairs are made to 200-foot portion of Cypress Swamp Road washed out by Hurricane Irene on Aug. 27.

“It’s still closed,” said Brooke Grow, spokeswoman for the Virginia Department of Transportation’s Hampton Roads Region in Suffolk.

The flooding of Cypress Swamp caused the washout, Grow said.

The road lies outside Newsoms between Barnes Church Circle and Monroe Road.

Drake Road in the Sedley area, which also was washed out during the storm that dumped 12 inches of rain, has reopened, Grow said.

“It has been repaired and it’s safe to drive on, but we’re waiting until the rain clears to repave it,” she said. “Maybe by the end of next week. Repairs were made right after the storm, but we’ve been fighting the elements with non-stop rain.”

The washout was created by the swelling of an unnamed stream, Grow said.

Drake Road runs from Unity to Black Creek roads.

On Thursday, Adams Grove Road west of Drewryville was closed due to standing water.

“As soon as it stops raining and the water is able to go off (it will be reopened),” Grow said.

Flooding of Adams Grove Road between Fortsville Road and Southampton Parkway was created by the ground saturated by water.

“They got 5 inches of rain,” she said.