UPDATE: Water treatment plant flooded, Staunton River expected to reach major flood level in Brookneal

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UPDATE 2:05 p.m.: WFXR News spoke with Brookneal’s Town Manager Russell Thurston on Thursday following the news that the town’s water treatment plant flooded amid the heavy rainfall around the region.

According to Thurston, the water treatment plant that flooded Thursday morning is the town’s only source of clean drinking water and it will be offline for at least several days — maybe a week — in order to drain it out and get the system back up and running.

However, some drinkable water is currently in the system. Based on average consumption rates, that water is expected to last through the night and until midday Friday.

Brookneal’s town manager asks resident to conserve water, but not to skip out on basic hygiene such as washing your hands, showering, cleaning for cooking purposes, flushing the toilet, etc. On the other hand, community members are also asked to hold off on nonessential water uses like doing laundry that can wait a few days.

If you live in Brookneal, you are advised to stock up on enough bottled water to last a week.

BROOKNEAL, Va. (WFXR) — Not only is Brookneal’s water treatment plant flooded Thursday morning, but the Staunton River is also expected to reach a major flood level by early Thursday afternoon.

The Town of Brookneal posted on Facebook shortly after 10 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 12, that the town’s water treatment plant is flooded.

As such, citizens and businesses are asked to conserve water and use it sparingly since it could be several days before the plant can resume producing water.

“The plant will have to be cleaned and sanitized once the flood waters recede, and the Office of Drinking Water will require the Town to pass a bac-t test before operating again,” the Town of Brookneal said. “In addition to that, we cannot yet assess damage to our equipment.”

However, the Campbell County Department of Public Safety says there are no public water contamination issues at this time.

Meanwhile, Campbell County officials say the National Weather Service is reporting that the Staunton River in Brookneal is expected to reach major flood level by 1 p.m. on Thursday and will remain at that level until midnight.

According to the public safety department, the Staunton River is likely to remain at flood levels in Brookneal through Saturday, Nov. 14.

While most county roads appear to be passable, drivers are asked to not cross flooded roadways and to exercise caution when traveling since surface water may pool on roadways over the next 24 hours.

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