A massive area of mud and standing water is limiting access to Hillsborough after an historic rain washed out its main paved thoroughfare. 

 

By Ted Shockley

Officials say it is impossible to get a fire truck into Hillsborough, the waterfront community near Belle Haven that lost its only paved road during an historic rainfall Sunday night.

The only way to access the subdivision, which has roughly 50 lots and homesites, is through a dirt road nearly a mile long. One wide area of the road is partially submerged by water and caked with mud, limiting access.

“We cannot get a fire truck in there at all,” said Charles R. Pruitt, public safety director for Accomack County.

In the event of a medical emergency, Pruitt said a four-wheel-drive fire company vehicle will respond with paramedics to get the patient and return to a nearby ambulance.

As much as 18 inches of rain fell in an eight-hour period in the Belle Haven area Sunday, washing out part of Hillsborough Drive that between a pond and Occohannock Creek.

The Virginia Department of Transportation could not give a timeline Wednesday on when the road would be repaired.

“We are working to restore access to the neighborhood as quickly as possible,” said Nina Napolitano of VDOT communications.

Pruitt said officials have identified an area for a helicopter landing zone in the subdivision if such a response is needed.

Hillsborough is bordered by Occohannock Creek on one side and fields and forests on the other side.