Crews prepare for flooding in Danville amid heavy rainfall along Dan River

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The Dan River rose to moderate flood levels on Friday, Feb. 7. (Photo: Breana Albizu/WFXR News)

The Dan River rose to moderate flood levels on Friday, Feb. 7. (Photo: Breana Albizu/WFXR News)

DANVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — The River City is preparing for flooding Thursday due to heavy rainfall along the Dan River both in the Danville area and upstream.

According to Danville officials, the Public Works Department is prepositioning barricades and barriers along the sides of flood-prone streets due to the flooding expected to occur along the Dan River amid the heavy rain.

Crews will reportedly be working 12-hours shifts in order to monitor conditions around the clock, as well as close street sections when necessary.

As of 9:45 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 12, the City of Danville says the river level was 20.2 feet, but the river is currently projected to crest overnight at 29.9 feet, which mark be the highest crest since Tropical Storm Michael in October 2018.

On Thursday morning, officials say the National Weather Service extended a flood warning near Danville for the Dan River until late in the afternoon on Saturday, Nov. 14.

The City of Danville shared a few statistics about what qualifies as flooding in the River City:

The flood stage in Danville is 21 feet. At 21 feet, river flooding will close sections of the Riverwalk Trail. Areas on Trade Street are affected at 22.5 feet.

River Street is impacted at 23 feet. Crews will pump water in the curves of River Street in an attempt to keep the street open to traffic. If closed, traffic will be detoured onto North Main Street and Old Halifax Road.

Also, at 23 feet, flooding will close Goodyear Boulevard over Pumpkin Creek. At 25.5 feet, Goodyear Boulevard near Beauford Street will become flooded. Jenny Lane at Goodyear Boulevard is impacted at 26 feet.

Water Street at Halifax Street and Commerce Street at Trade Street become flooded at 25 feet.

At 26 feet, Park Avenue at Memorial Drive is affected. At 26.5 feet, Memorial Drive between Primrose Place and Park Avenue will become flooded.

Arnold Hendrix, Public Information Officer for the City of Danville

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