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New Kent locals concerned over railroad's impact on flooding

NEW KENT COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) -- Massive rainfall across Central Virginia caused roads and other areas to flood, which has resulted in major problems for locals. 

New Kent County received significant rainfall over the weekend and the flooding in the area has caught many by surprise.

"I've been here almost 20 years and I've never seen anything like this. And I have a buddy of mine who has been here for 60 years and he says he has never seen anything like this," said Ron Stiers, a New Kent County Board of Supervisors member.

Stiers told 8News that his district has seen portions of driveways washed away along with road closures. 

"Most everybody understands but you get a little frustrated, ditches being clogged up and stuff like that. But it's happened, we'll learn from it and go forward," Stiers said.  

As cleanup continues, sections of Route 60 had to be shut down with detours taking drivers to Interstate 64. 

The road's proximity to railroad tracks appears to be having a big impact on the flooding.  

"From my understanding, several of these culverts are stopped up and not functioning properly. So a lot of the flooding has been backed up because of the problem with CSX railroad," Stiers told 8News. 

8News reached out to CSX about the high water issues: 

In addition to regularly scheduled track inspections that meet or exceed federal regulations, CSX inspects infrastructure and drainage systems on its property both before and after significant weather events to ensure they are working as intended. After significant rainfall over the weekend in the Richmond area, an inspection revealed drainage pipes that run under CSX tracks were heavily blocked by debris carried by storm water. CSX teams will work to clear those pipes this week and we are communicating with local officials about these plans.” 

                                                                                                -CSX spokesperson

CSX also told 8News that they regularly inspect the pipes before and after significant rainfall.

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