Eight-Figure Bill for Fairfax County Damage

Monday, Sep 12, 2011  |  Updated 8:53 PM EDT
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Massive flooding created problems across Virginia after tropical storm Lee.  High water damaged cars, roadways and homes.  Now the  flood waters have receded, revealing the mess left behind.  reports.

Julie Carey

Massive flooding created problems across Virginia after tropical storm Lee. High water damaged cars, roadways and homes. Now the flood waters have receded, revealing the mess left behind. reports.

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Under Water in Fairfax County

A Fairfax County neighborhood deals with major flooding for the second time in less than 10 years.

3rd Death From Flooding in Va.

A third flooding victim in Fairfax County, Va., was identified Friday. Galo Sebastian Salvador Vinueza, 25, of Lorton, apparently tried to walk across the flooded Accotink Creek Bridge, police said.
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Flood waters from Tropical Storm Lee have transformed parts of Fairfax County roadways into craters.  Water over ten feet deep has long since ebbed from main streets, but gone too are massive chunks of roadway and several area bridges, still affecting traffic today.

The cost to clean up and rebuild infrastructure around Fairfax County could reach an eye-popping $10 million, Virginia's Department of Transportation says.

VDOT spokesperson Garret Moore said that's an initial estimate of the damage to the county.  "We could even see more pavement and slope failures in the coming days.

Three bridges in the county were totally destroyed and need to be replaced.  Temporary bridges will be put in for the short term, with plans for permanent fixes still in the works.  The three destroyed bridges:

-Lorton Road over Giles Run will be temporarily replaced within two months. The posted detour route will be a little more than eight miles long. This road carries about 6,000 vehicles a day.

- Beach Mill Road over Nichols Branch will be temporarily replaced within six weeks. Beach Mill Road carries about 1,700 vehicles a day. The posted detour will be approximately six miles long.

- Towlston Road will be temporarily replaced within six weeks. This road carries about 350 vehicles a day, and the posted detour will be approximately two and a half miles long.

As of 7 a.m. Monday, several roads in Fairfax County were still closed due to flooding.  They are:

- Sunrise Valley Drive between Glade Drive and Mercator Drive

- Moverly Court at Cameo Square

- Essex Avenue at Middlesex Avenue

- Georgetown Pike at Dominion at Old Dominion Drive

- Colvin Run Rd. at Walker Mill

Fast moving floodwaters carried three county residents away to their deaths last week.  The effects of Tropical Storm Lee were exacerbated because pressure from Hurricane Katia kept it hovering in the area.

Click here for a complete list of  Virginia road closures.

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