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Area experiences minor flooding

Last week’s welcome but abundant rainfall produced minor flooding along the Dan River in Halifax County, not as much as originally predicted but enough to cause headaches for residents in low lying areas.

According to the National Weather Service, the Dan River at South Boston crested at 22.30 feet at 5:59 a.m. Saturday morning, more than three feet above flood stage (19.0 feet).

The Dan River had fallen below flood stage by 7:55 p.m. Saturday with a reading of 18.50 feet.

Moderate flooding had been predicted for the Dan River in South Boston, with a crest of 27.5 feet by Saturday morning.

Much of the precipitation came from the remnants of Tropical Storm Nicole, which helped push rainfall totals for last week to more than 20 inches in Wilmington, N.C.

The National Weather Service reported rainfall totals here of 1.2 inches Sept. 26, 1.57 inches Sept. 27 and 1.32 inches Sept. 28, before the bulk of the precipitation associated with the remnants of Nicole arrived in South Boston the next day.

Some areas of Southside Virginia reported rainfall totals in excess of six inches last week, enough to put a dent in a summer-long dry spell but not enough to completely extinguish it, according to published reports.

The National Weather Service had reported only 0.13 inches of rain fell the entire month of September prior to Sept. 26.