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Giles County issues Code Red alert as New River reaches major flood stage

River crested Friday morning

River forecast for the New River at Glyn Lyn at 7:44 p.m. on May 21, 2020.
River forecast for the New River at Glyn Lyn at 7:44 p.m. on May 21, 2020. (WSLS 10)

GILES COUNTY, Va. – Giles County issued a Code Red Emergency Alert on Thursday night as the New River rose.

At 10:30 p.m., the river was at 18.23 feet, which is considered major flood stage.

At 8 a.m. Friday, it crested at 18.93 feet.

By 2 p.m., it’s forecasted to dip back to moderate flood stage, and by 8 p.m., the river is expected to down to minor flood stage.

At 18 feet, there is significant flooding of some trailer campgrounds along the New River, according to the National Weather Service

The crest was the river’s fifth-highest crest on record at Glen Lyn.

For reference, the October 12, 2018 flood crested at 19.47 feet.

Several low lying roads such as Jason Circle and Lurich Road have already been inundated in the county.


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