Record flooding in Danville

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City leaders in Danville said around 20,000 customers are without power after the remnants of Hurricane Michael brought heavy rain and wind to Southside.

Officials said the Dan River rose to 29.2 feet as of 10 p.m. Thursday and it is expected to crest at 31.8 feet.

·       An emergency evacuation shelter is open at Bonner Middle School.


·       A local state of emergency remains in place.

·       We have about 20,000 customers without power because two of AEP’s three power feeds to us are out of service. We cannot restore power until AEP repairs the feeds. We hope the feeds will be restored overnight. In the interim, our crews are scouting our lines for damage. We have crews from three cities arriving Friday morning to assist. We ask customers to be prepared to not have service restored for 24-36 hours due to the damage. We also ask residents and visitors to stay clear of downed power lines as they could be still energized.

·       Travel on city streets remains hazardous due to damage and debris and downed power lines from flash flooding earlier today. In addition, traffic signals at many major intersections are not operational due to power outages. Motorists should treat these intersections as four-way stops.

·       The Dan River level has risen to 29.9 feet, which is the highest level recorded since Hurricane Fran in 1996, when the river crested at 28.65 feet. The river is projected to crest at 31.8 feet overnight and remain at that level until Saturday morning.

·       High water rescue units from the Virginia National Guard and State Police will arrive Friday morning to assist with evacuations from flooding.

·       An emergency evacuation shelter is open at Bonner Middle School.

·       All City administrative buildings, including the Municipal Building and the Charles Harris Financial Services Center, will open to the public on a two-hour delay Friday.

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