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We know flash flooding will be an issue this week, but what about river flooding?

All the rain we expect to get this week could cause area rivers to rise

River flooding later this week
River flooding later this week (WSLS)

ROANOKE, Va. – You’ve probably heard by now that we expect a significant amount of rain for parts of the area through Thursday. A flash flood watch is in effect for Roanoke, Martinsville, Danville and other local communities, meaning roads could be closed and basements could flood, especially if you live close to a creek or stream.

But what about area rivers? We are mainly tracking the rise of the New and Dan Rivers, where some gauges could reach minor to moderate flood stage. The Roanoke and James Rivers are worth watching as well as they may rise to near flood stage later this week.

In the New River Valley, minor flooding will be possible at Galax, Allisonia and Glen Lyn. We’re forecasting moderate flooding at the Radford gauge. The crests will come Thursday morning or evening at each gauge.

Tracking river levels in the NRV
Tracking river levels in the NRV (WSLS)

Possible impacts from the rise of the New River include: flooding at Dedman Lots and Bissett Parks in Radford, minor overbank flooding in Galax and impacts for some campsites in Glen Lyn.

New River flood impacts
New River flood impacts (WSLS)

In Southside, the Dan River will rise to minor flood stage, cresting Friday morning or evening. The Roanoke River at Randolph will get close to flood stage by Friday evening.

Tracking river levels in Southside
Tracking river levels in Southside (WSLS)

If you live along the Dan River in Danville, Paces or South Boston, you’ll be watching for flooding impacts. In Danville, the Riverside shopping center and River District Towers could flood. Low spots in Paces will begin to flood and water will approach Route 501 in South Boston.

Dan River flood impacts
Dan River flood impacts (WSLS)

River levels are likely to come down this weekend as we dry out. You can check the river levels where you live anytime here.


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