- Last Updated on 10:59 AM 12/02/09
- BY Staff
At mid-day yesterday, tropical storm Ida continued to douse Southside with rain and gusting winds, with South Boston reporting a total of 4.10 inches in its rain gauge, and the swollen Dan River slipping its banks.
The National Weather Service (NWS) forecast the Dan River would crest at 29.3 ft. around 1 a.m. Saturday, with flood stage set at 19 ft.
Minor flooding was occurring yesterday, and major flooding is forecast by the NWS.
Some town and county roads were closed due to flooding, and falling trees hampered travel on others, according to Sheriff’s Department reports.
In South Boston, the town’s rain gauge recorded 1.85 inches at 7 a.m. Wednesday and 2.0 inches at 7 a.m. Thursday, according to Aubrey Clark, operator at the wastewater plant.
“From 7 a.m. to noon Thursday, it was 0.25 inches,” added Clark.
The National Weather Service estimated the Dan River’s level at around 21 ft. Thursday afternoon, with rain expected to continue through Thursday and to end by mid-day today “with some patchy rain,” according to NWS Meteorologist Dennis Sleighter in Blacksburg.
One Riverdale business, Riverdale Auto Sales, was moving its inventory to higher ground yesterday. “We’re moving because this prediction puts it at flood level for our business, too close for comfort,” said Bunny Propst, who has tracked Dan River flooding 27 years.
As Ida lashed Virginia’s coast Wednesday, Gov. Timothy Kaine declared a state of emergency.
County roads closed yesterday due to flooding included the following: Portions of Rt. 604, Rt. 685, Rt. 716 and Rt. 778W. In South Boston, Summit Drive and Railroad Avenue experienced flooding.
Fallen trees also were causing county road problems at Traynham Grove Rd., J.D. Hagood Hwy., Virgilina Rd., Philpott Rd., Ball Park Loop, Chatham Rd., Ridgeway Rd., Story’s Creek Rd., McDonald Rd., Leda Rd., Golf Course Rd., Cheerful La., Mt. Carmel Rd., Pointer Rd., River Rd., Union Church Rd., Turbeville Rd. and Cage Trail, according to the Sheriff’s Department In South Boston, a tree fell at Penick Ave. at Webster St., according to police reports.