Police Chief Scott Booth is making an urgent plea for residents and visitors to stay off the streets Thursday evening.
“Sections of streets throughout the city are fully blocked or partially blocked due to fallen trees, mud slides or debris across the street surface. We also have streets with sections that are washed out due to flooding,” a city spokesman said in an email.
Barricades are being put up and clean up is in process. Booth said travel will become dangerous after sunset.
City Manager Ken Larking also urged citizens to stay off the streets. “Traffic will impede our efforts to clean up streets and restore power service. We are asking citizens to travel only if necessary.”
The Danville emergency communications center was overwhelmed with calls as heavy rain and wind sweep through the area Thursday.
The department received 200 emergency calls between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. There are washed out roads in several places and at least two banks that have given way and slid.
According to a city spokesman, the fire department has responded to multiple evacuation calls.
The city has approximately 10,000 outages because of downed trees and high wind. A city spokesman said customers should be prepared for power not to be restored until late Thursday night into Friday.
Citizens experiencing power outages should not call 9-1-1. Instead, they should call the Danville Utilities 24-hour outage number – (434) 773-8300.
Danville Transit will suspend bus service at 6 p.m. due to flooded streets.
Service will resume Friday morning as conditions allow.
The following major streets closed as of 8 p.m. are:
Riverside Drive from Piney Forest Road to Arnett Boulevard. The street will be reopened tonight, but will be muddy.
• River Street from Main Street to Old Halifax Road. The street will remain closed until the river level recedes below flood stage.
• Central Boulevard southbound lane from Piedmont Drive to Riverside Drive. The section is closed due to a mudslide. One southbound lane remains open.
• Third Avenue West is closed. The roadway is washed out and will remain closed.
• Wendell Scott Drive eastbound lanes are closed at Arnett Boulevard.
• Elizabeth Street closed at creek crossing.