Flooding in Floyd County but main roads open

(Courtesy of National Weather Service )
(Courtesy of National Weather Service )

A morning of relative calm in Floyd County as the bulk of the rain from Hurricane Florence passes to the north and east but the area can expect more wet falling Monday afternoon through Tuesday morning.

Floyd County remains under a “flash flood statement” through 8:30 a.m. for the northeastern edge of the county with swollen creeks and the Little River.

Va511 reports U.S. 221 closed both ways at Bethlehem Church Road but checked it a few minutes ago and it is open.  Little River has flooded in the low-lying areas near 221 but not has closed the county’s primary road.  Virginia Rte. 8 is open to Christiansburg.

Flooding reported in other areas of the county.

Scattered power outages in the county, including 50 out near Willis and another 12 around Floyd.  Appalachian Power estimates some of the outages may continue until 10 p.m. Monday.

Latest report from National Weather Service:

…THE FLASH FLOOD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 830 AM EDT FOR ROANOKE…NORTHEASTERN FLOYD…PITTSYLVANIA AND FRANKLIN COUNTIES… THE CITY OF DANVILLE…THE CITY OF SALEM AND THE CITY OF ROANOKE… At 446 AM EDT, the department of transportation indicated several roads in the warned area flooded. Another band of heavy rain is expected to shift north into southside Virginia by 6am, which will continue the flash flood threat. Some locations that will experience flooding include… Boones Mill… Rocky Mount… Danville… and Chatham. This includes The following Locations Danville Airport, and Roanoke Regional Airport. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… Turn around, don’t drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles. Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize the dangers of flooding. When it is safe to do so, please send your reports of flooding, including mudslides or flooded roads, to the National Weather Service by calling toll free at 866.215.4324.


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