Flooding closes Virginia Living Museum

WOW!!! Look at this photo here!!!


by Matt Knight

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WTKR) – The Virginia Living Museum is closed Saturday, Sunday and Monday due to a flash flood .

Water came over the museum’s floodgates Saturday morning, inundating the entire lower level of the main museum building and the Wason Education Center early Saturday morning. No museum animals were harmed.

Maintenance supervisor Rick Lentz came in at 5:45 a.m. in response to a flash flood warning and installed the three flood gates, assisted by Herpetology Curator Travis Land.

However, water from Deer Park Lake covered the boardwalk and poured over the 2 feet, 4 inch-tall gates, flooding the museum.

This is the second time the museum has been flooded this summer.

Museum Executive Director Page Hayhurst said flooding like this has never happened before in the museum’s 40-year history. The museum sustained at least twice as much damage this time as from the flood in May.

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