Alexandria VA – Holmes Run Trail took some punishment from flash flooding in that record-breaking rainstorm on July 8, and the city is now starting the rebuilding process. At one point, the stream at Holmes Run was 12 feet deep, after five inches of rain fell on the city in an hour.
The city ended up receiving the equivalent of a month’s worth of rain in a single hour. The Alexandria City Council, in order to qualify for federal and state aid, later declared the storm an emergency.
Holmes Run Trail is now closed west of the North Ripley Street crossing. Phase 1 of the restoration will be conducted from North Beauregard to North Chambliss Streets. The Dora Kelley Nature Park trail will be used as a staging area for the repairs and will be closed in the interim.
The renovation project will likely last several weeks, although it may take longer to repair the damage at the crossing at Beauregard and Ripley Streets. That section of the area is closed “for the long term,” according to the city.