PHOTOS/VIDEO: Sunday flooding conditions lead to evacuations and swift water rescues in Henry, Botetourt, and Franklin counties

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UPDATE 12:27 p.m.: On Monday morning, WFXR News visited the scenes of some serious flooding in Henry County on Sunday night.

In addition, the Franklin County Department of Public Safety shared new photos on Monday from the evacuated Stanleytown Health and Rehab Center and other water rescues in Henry County.

The Franklin County Department of Public Safety’s Special Operations team also responded to a house in the Carolina Springs area of Franklin County after a woman was trapped inside by the rising waters.

The Bassett Rescue Squad — which covers the area of Henry County where officials used the Code Red emergency alert system to notify them of an evacuation center put in place due to Smith River flooding — also shared photos of Sunday’s heavy rain.

(WFXR) — Areas of Southwest Virginia are seeing a resurgence of weather-related issues following the heavy rains and flooding from earlier this week.

Henry County has declared a state of local emergency, as well as a Code Red Emergency for residents living near the Smith River.

Residents are encouraged to report significant structural damage to their home or business to the Henry County Department of Public Safety by emailing or leaving a message at (276) 634-4660. Make sure you include your name, address, valid phone number, and a description of the damage in your message.

An evacuation point at Bassett High School has closed for the night. Should weather conditions change during the night and you need shelter because of flooding, please contact the 911 Center on the non-emergency line.

Courtesy: Franklin County Department of Public Safety

A health and rehabilitation center in Stanleytown also had to relocate its residents, many of which are bedridden, to other areas of the building.

According to Chief Junior Lynch with the Bassett Volunteer Fire Department, crews found about four inches of flooding when they arrived.

“From about 7:15 p.m. to about 7:30 p.m. we have had about 17 incidents, and all of those have been flood-related . . . Just a mile away they rescued four people out of two houses,” said Lynch.

Weather conditions also resulted in over 2,800 power outages in Henry County on Sunday night.

In Botetourt County, the Fire & EMS department says four people were rescued at 4:44 p.m. on Sunday after tubing in the James River, while its water level was still higher than normal.

Photos in Fincastle show water covering the roadways.

A woman in Franklin County was rescued from her home in the Callaway area on Carolina Springs Road. The Franklin County Department of Public Safety says she was trapped by rising waters, so they deployed a special operations team.

Viewer photos and video shows other areas of Franklin County with flooding.

Courtesy: Trish Sweat

Video Courtesy: Rochelle Spencer

Danville’s Bridge Street also faced serious flooding over the weekend, as seen in this viewer’s photos.

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