DANVILLE, Va. – The rain may have slowed, but the Dan River is still rising in Southside.
Gov. Ralph Northam has issued a State of Emergency after Danville saw the wettest day it’s ever seen in the month of February, and Danville city schools are closed.
Barricades are up, roads are closed and floodwaters can be seen across the region.
Danville’s Dan River is expected to crest Friday afternoon or evening at one of the highest levels the city has seen.
The water has gotten so high that parking signs can be seen almost fully submerged in the water and patio furniture was seen floating around near the River District Tower.
According to the Danville Police Department, as of 6:30 a.m. the Dan River reached the moderate flood stage overnight, measuring 26.71 feet. The moderate flood stage is 26 feet. That is about three feet lower than the historic flood during Tropical Storm Michael in 2018.
Due to flooding throughout the area, River Street is closed and traffic is being detoured onto North Main Street and Old Halifax Road. Sections of Trade Street and Goodyear Boulevard are also closed, and Memorial Drive between Park Avenue and Primrose Place remained closed due to a mudslide.