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Danville, VA Local Government News and Announcements

Posted on: May 23, 2020

River crests overnight at 27.57 feet

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UPDATE: The Dan River crested overnight at 27.57 feet, which is the third-highest crest in nearly 24 years, slightly eclipsing the crest of 27.22 feet during the flood event in February of this year.

The river remains in the moderate flood stage. At 9:01 a.m., the Dan River was at 27.01 feet.

The flooding closed sections of several streets. When floodwaters recede, Public Works crews will begin removing debris, mud and silt from street resurfaces in order to reopen the sections.

 ORIGINAL POST ON WEDNESDAY, MAY 20

The Public Works Department is prepositioning barricades and barriers along the sides of flood-prone streets because of flooding that is expected to occur along the Dan River from heavy rain locally and upstream.

Also, residents and visitors are urged to proceed with caution along city streets during heavy periods of rain because of ponding of water and the potential of flash flooding.

Public Works crews will be working 12-hours shifts to monitor conditions around the clock and close street sections as needed.

Earlier today, the National Weather Service issued a flood warning from the Dan River near Danville from late tonight to Saturday evening.

At 3:45 p.m., the river level was 15.16 feet. The river is currently projected to crest early Friday morning at 28 feet. On Feb. 8, the river crested at 27.22 feet, which was the third-highest crest since 1996.

The Dan River is expected to reach minor flood stage overnight. The flood stage is 21 feet. At 21 feet, river flooding will close sections of the Riverwalk Trail and sections of Trade Street and Water Street.

River Street also is impacted at 21 feet. Crews will pump water in the curves of River Street in an attempt to keep the street open to traffic. If closed, traffic will be detoured onto North Main Street and Old Halifax Road.

At 24 feet, flooding will close sections of Goodyear Boulevard.

The city reaches the moderate flood stage at 26 feet. The river is currently projected to reach that stage Thursday afternoon.

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