UPDATE: Memorial Drive reopened, multiple streets still closed while Danville river levels start to subside

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UPDATE 5:10 p.m.: Danville may still be under a river flood warning, but city officials announced on Saturday afternoon that the water level was dropping in the Dan River and expected to reach the minor flood stage by Saturday night.

“First, we want to say thank you to all citizens for their patience over the last couple of days. This is turning into a long flood event, and we have had major thoroughfares closed due to flooding. We see floodwaters beginning to recede. That’s good news, and today we have reopened one major thoroughfare. We have crews on duty this weekend, and we will reopen the other thoroughfares when it is safe to do so. Again, thank you for your patience.”

Mayor Alonzo Jones, City of Danville

According to Public Information Officer Arnold Hendrix, the Dan River crested at 27.19 feet — the highest crest since Tropical Storm Michael in 2018 and the third highest crest since 1996 — before dropping to 26.64 feet at 4:16 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8.

Hendrix says the river is projected to drop from the moderate flood stage to the minor flood stage Saturday evening and remain in that stage overnight.

Memorial Drive has been reopened from the Robertson Bridge to Primrose Place, but the roads are restricted to one lane of traffic in both directions. However, the following roads remain closed due to flooding:

  • Trade Street;
  • Water Street;
  • Most of the Riverwalk Trail;
  • Park Avenue at the Water Treatment Plant;
  • Goodyear Boulevard at Pumpkin Creek and Beauford Street; and
  • River Street, which has detours in place to direct traffic onto North Main Street and Old Halifax Road.

DANVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — The water level in the Dan River proceeded to rise to more than 27 feet overnight, which means that Danville will remain under a river flood warning and multiple streets will stay closed until the floodwaters recede.

Estimates released by the City of Danville on the afternoon of Friday, Feb. 7 predicted the overnight crest would hit 27.4 feet, which would not only pass the minimum crest of 26 feet for a moderate flood stage, but it would be the third-largest river height since 1996.

According to Arnold Hendrix — the public information officer for the City of Danville — the Dan River actually rose to 27.18 feet overnight before settling at 27.15 feet by 8:15 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8. Hendrix says the river is currently predicted to stay in the moderate flood stage for most of Saturday.

Due to rising water levels, Danville city officials closed Memorial Drive from the Robertson Bridge to Primrose Place. Other Saturday closures include:

  • Trade Street;
  • Water Street;
  • Most of the Riverwalk Trail;
  • Goodyear Boulevard at Pumpkin Creek and Beauford Street; and
  • River Street, which has detours in place to direct traffic onto North Main Street and Old Halifax Road.

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