While Encyclopedia Virginia‘s World Headquarters in Charlottesville escaped the brunt of Hurricane Sandy, coastal Virginia did not. The above photograph from Weather.com shows the Oyster House in Bayford, on the Eastern Shore, as flood waters creep up to the level of the great Ash Wednesday storm of 1962. This was on Sunday; things only got worse Monday, until nearly the entire Mid-Atlantic and New England coast ground to a halt.
We could go on about this day in Virginia history—Samuel Chilton defending John Brown, Edward Coles running for governor, James Ambler freezing in the Arctic—but our thoughts are in the present, and with our friends in New York, New Jersey, and the surrounding, flood-ravaged areas.
May your lights come back on soon.
A selection of other Virginia photographs, and a video, after the jump.
A shopper stands between empty frozen food containers and half-empty shelves in the refridgerated section of a grocery store that was depleted ahead of Hurricane Sandy, in Alexandria, Va., on Monday (Michael Reynolds / EPA)
Norfolk resident Jack Devnew checks on his boat at a marina near downtown Norfolk, Va., Monday (Steve Helber / AP)
Sandy’s wrath brings water to Grandview Island in Hampton, Va. (Facebook / Sherry Winstead Martin)
A stranded car sits parked along a street near downtown Norfolk, Va., Monday, Oct. 29, 2012 (AP)
Norfolk, October 29, 2012 (Minda Parker / iWitness Weather)
Parts of Grandview Island see water across streets in Hampton, Va. (Facebook / Sherry Winstead Martin)
Flood water fills the streets in Norfolk, Va. (iWitness / amber 31212)
Flood water covers the streets in Poquoson, Va. (iWitness / trahl2)