National Weather Service issues FLOOD WARNING

The National Weather Service in Blacksburg has issued a flood warning for the Staunton River, affecting Campbell, Pittsylvania, Charlotte, and Halifax Counties, with flooding at Alatvista and Brookneal, among other places.

Earlier this week, the National Weather Service in Blacksburg issued a flash flood warning for parts of southern Virginia and North Carolina, including Pittsylvania and Bedford Counties, and a Hazardous Weather Outlook for parts of Virginia including Campbell and Appomattox Counties.

Today’s warning contained the following text.

“Flood Statement; National Weather Service Blacksburg, VA; 919 AM EDT Thu May 21 2020 ...The Flood Warning continues for the following rivers in Virginia...North Carolina...

“Roanoke River At Roanoke affecting City of Roanoke...City of Salem and Roanoke Counties; Pigg River Near Pigg R Nr Sandy Level affecting Pittsylvania County; Roanoke (Staunton) River At Altavista affecting Campbell and Pittsylvania Counties; Roanoke (Staunton) River At Brookneal affecting Campbell...Charlotte and Halifax Counties; Roanoke (Staunton) River at Randolph affecting Charlotte and Halifax Counties; Dan River Near Wentworth affecting Rockingham County; Dan River near Danville affecting Caswell...Rockingham...City of Danville and Pittsylvania Counties; Dan River at Paces affecting Halifax County; Dan River at South Boston affecting Halifax County.

“Morning updates show little significant change in flood forecasts along the Roanoke and Dan Rivers with crests mainly within the same general flood categories, in the high-end Minor to Moderate range. The exception is the Roanoke River at Roanoke which will crest very close to the Major flood stage of 16 feet sometime this afternoon.

“Rainfall across these basin over the past three days has ranged from 3 to more than 8 inches with isolated amounts approaching 10 inches. An additional 1 inch or so is possible over the next 24 hours.”

The NWS offers as a precautionary measures and safety warning, “Do not drive through flooded areas...the water may be much deeper than you think.”

For more updates, visit the National Weather Service Blacksburg webpage at https://www.weather.gov/rnk/. Graphical forecast information about flooding in the area’s lakes and rivers can be found by clicking the “Rivers and Lakes” link. Or local forecasts can be obtained by entering an address or zip code into the search box.