In September of 2004 the Captina watershed was inundated with nearly 8 inches of rain in a week's time from the remnants of hurricanes Frances and Ivan. The intense rainfall was compounded by an already moderately-saturated soil from late August thunderstorms. Numerous roads were either washed out or buried under mudslides that in some cases brought down entire hillsides. It remains one of the worst flooding disasters on the creek in recent history with evidence still visible today. For an assessment of the event from FEMA and the US Geological Survey click this link.
|Captina just below Town Hill. In this |
stretch the entire riparian corridor has been
flattened and uprooted.
|Upstream from Moore Run. The flooding|
deposited several tons of sand in this
field. Note the debris suspended in the
distant trees which are at least 100 ft from the
|This tree was deposited next to SR 148|
near the confluence of Pea Vine creek. The
creek bank is about 20 feet behind. Who knows
where it came from or how far it traveled!
|The Lake Shawn levee collapsed into the|
creek. Notice the mangled gate in the debris.
the levee wall is at least 12 feet high.
|The Powhatan marina dock - notice the |
high water mark on the trees.
|SR 148 at Town Hill Rd. What a powerful|
force to displace the pavement!
|The Powhatan marina near the mouth of Captina.|
Again note the discolored leaves of the willow tree
for a water mark.