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The storm in Southwestern Virginia

--Virginia and Tennessee Railroad.--A telegram from E. H. Gill, Superintendent of the Virginia and Tennessee Railroad, says that the damage to that road by the storm will not exceed in cost $12,000, and that the trains will resume their regular trips early next week.--The Superintendent has made an inspection of the road, and his statement is made from actual observation. There are now 300 hands employed repairing the gaps in the road. The Wytheville Times says:

‘ The flood produced by the immense quantity of rain which fell in this section on Sunday night, Monday and Monday night last, was of the most destructive character — nothing like it has been witnessed since the memorable flood of 1810. On the Virginia and Tennessee Railroad, some ten bridges, we learn, were swept away, whilst a great quantity of the embankments-were totally destroyed. Along Reed Creek the damage can hardly be estimated. Messrs. G. C. Kent, (3,000 bushels,) Randall McGavock, Stephen McGavock, and Maj. Robert Sayers, we understand, lost a large amount of fencing and corn — the latter gentleman alone, we believe, lost 3,000 bushels of corn. New River is said to have surpassed itself, being some five or six feet higher than it was at the time of the freshet of 1840. Great damage, we fear, has been done along this stream.

’ The Abingdon Virginian says:

‘ Owing to the heavy fall of rain on Sunday night and throughout the day on Monday, a heavy slide occurred near Max Meadows, and two bridges were swept away on Peak Creek. Consequently we have had no through mail since Monday morning. We cannot learn full particulars of the damage, as a portion of the telegraph line has shared the fate of the bridges. All the waters in Southwestern Virginia are said to have been higher than for years, and great damage has been done to mills, fences and to corn crops on the bottoms.

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