- Last Updated on 11:48 AM 07/12/13
- BY The Gazette-Virginian
Minor flooding is forecast for the Dan River at Paces Friday afternoon through Saturday evening, according to the National Weather Service in Blacksburg.
Rainfall of one to two inches with isolated higher amounts fell in the basin Thursday and Friday morning resulting in the minor flooding predicted for the Dan River through Saturday evening.
At 8 a.m. Friday, the stage at Paces was 18.2 feet, and flood stage is 20 feet.
National Weather Service forecasts called for the river to rise above flood stage by Friday afternoon and continue to rise to near 21.8 feet by Friday evening.
The river is expected to fall below flood stage by tomorrow morning.
At 20 feet, low-lying pasture and agricultural lands in Paces are flooded.
This crest compares to a previous crest of 21.4 feet on Oct. 2, 2010.
Minor flooding also is being forecasted for the Dan River in South Boston.
The South Boston area received three to six inches of rain overnight Thursday from showers and thunderstorms that were anticipated to bring sharp rises along the Dan River later Friday.
An additional inch or two of rain also fell throughout the morning hours prompting a flood warning to be issued for the Dan River in South Boston from Friday afternoon until late Saturday night.
At 3 a.m. Friday the stage was 11.9 feet, and flood stage is 19 feet.
The river is expected to rise above flood stage by late Friday afternoon and continue to rise to near 22.4 feet by tomorrow morning, according to the National Weather Service.
The river is expected to fall below flood stage by Saturday afternoon.
This crest compares to a previous crest of 21.7 feet on March 27, 2012.
Also the Roanoke (Staunton) River at Randolph is expected to experience moderate flooding as the river continues to rise above the 21 feet flood stage to near 24.7 feet.
The Roanoke River is expected to fall below flood stage late Friday afternoon.
At 25 feet, water is several feet deep on portions of River Road and Black Walnut Road, according to the National Weather Service.
This crest compares to a previous crest of 25 feet on May 9.
The National Weather Service in Blacksburg extended the small stream flood advisory for several creeks and streams that were running high across northern Halifax County.
Minor flooding was reported in Ingram and Nathalie on Friday.
Most flood deaths occur in automobiles, and the National Weather Service warned motorists to never drive a vehicle into areas where the water covers the roadway.
“Flood waters are usually deeper than they appear. Just one foot of flowing water is powerful enough to sweep vehicles off the road. When encountering flooded roads make the smart choice...turn around...don’t drown,” they said.