Dan River now forecasted to reach moderate, not major flood stage Friday

River expected to crest at 31.8 feet Friday

The Dan River is still rising in Danville as the city braces for it to reach its highest level in decades.

DANVILLE, Va.9:45 p.m. Thursday Update:

The National Weather Service has updated its forecast for the Dan River in Danville, with the river expected to crest Friday at moderate flood stage at 31.8 feet, which is just under major flood stage.

Earlier forecasts on Thursday had the river expected to crest at 32.4 feet, but that is no longer the case, according to the latest forecast. 32.4 feet would have been the highest crest on record at the Danville observation site.

The previous high crest is 30.01 feet, which happened on Oct. 12, 2018.

As of 4:45 p.m. Thursday, the river is at 23.81 feet.

When the water reaches 26 feet, the floodwater begins to affect the Danville Utilities Complex and the Public Works complex, according to the National Weather Service.