New River experiencing mild flooding in Giles County, expected to crest Friday morning

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GILES COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — The Giles County officials issued a Code Red Alert Thursday afternoon following projections that the New River would surpass the minor flooding stage and crest just under the moderate flooding stage by Friday morning.

According to a Facebook post from the Giles County Sheriff’s Office shortly after 4 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 12, the Giles County Administration shared a Code Red Call after the National Weather Service projected the New River would crest at 15.8 feet at 7 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 13, which is about 2.4 inches shy of the moderate flooding stage.

“It should be noted that these forecasts change quickly and this crest will primarily occur before daylight, so if you live in flood prone areas, we recommend that you monitor the river conditions and forecast through the night,” the Giles County Sheriff’s Office wrote on Facebook Thursday afternoon. “Remember to never drive through high water. Turn around don’t drown.”

As of 4:30 a.m. on Friday, the National Weather Service reported the water levels for the New River at Glen Lyn were 15.09 feet, which is lower than the 15.37 feet reported at 10:45 p.m. on Thursday, but still just over the minor flood stage of 15 feet.

However, according to the forecasted water levels — which were issued at 9:04 p.m. on Thursday — the river is still forecasted to crest at 15.7 feet.

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