UPDATE: Dan River nears moderate flooding Friday afternoon, expected to crest by the evening; several Danville roads remain closed

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UPDATE 12:59 p.m.: Water levels slowly continue to rise along the Dan River as the river nears the moderate flooding stage in Danville and continues to keep roads closed residents in Danville, Pittsylvania County, and Halifax County.

River Street and Memorial Drive are still open at this time, but as the river level continues to rise slowly, these streets might be affected later in the day.

Goodyear Boulevard from the Danville Expressway to Jenny Lane remains closed due to flooding, as well as Trade Street from Advance Street to the Danville Stadium Cinemas.

In addition, one lane on Goodyear Boulevard is now closed near Beauford Street.

As of 11:45 a.m. on Friday, the National Weather Service says the Dan River is at 25.66 feet in Danville, which is less than half a foot shy of the moderate flooding stage; 25.14 feet in Paces; and (as of noon) 25.33 feet in South Boston.

“The National Weather Service continues to downsize its river level projections for the Dan River in Danville,” Danville officials said in Friday afternoon’s update. “The current projection is for the river to crest this evening at 29.5 feet, which would be just below Tropical Storm Michael in October 2018.”

Throughout the rest of Pittsylvania County, numerous roads are closed due to Friday’s flooding.

Meanwhile, the South Boston Police Department posted the following traffic alert on Facebook Friday morning:

“Motorists who travel U.S. 501 and U.S. 58 in the Riverdale area should plan alternate routes of travel as this intersection is now closed to through traffic. Motorists will now follow detours using secondary roads along with U.S. 360.

Please limit travel in the Riverdale area and only do so if essential. Expect traffic delays and plan accordingly. Road closures are to be expected with the projected rise of the Dan River to 30.2 feet.

The excessive amount of rainfall over the past few days has resulted in considerable runoff into area creeks, streams and rivers which will cause major impacts. Flood stage for the Dan River is 19 feet with moderate flood stage 25 feet and major flood stage 29 feet.

Other streets to be closed will be Summit Drive, Railroad Avenue and Edmunds Street due to high water.

Motorists are reminded not to drive through flooded areas since water may be much deeper than they appear keeping in mind the phrase “Turn around, don’t drown”.

The Dan River is not expected to crest in South Boston until Sunday, falling below flood stage early Monday morning.

South Boston Police Department

UPDATE 10:45 a.m.: Water levels slowly continue to rise along the Dan River, impacting residents in Danville, Pittsylvania County, and Halifax County.

As of 9:45 a.m. on Friday, the National Weather Service says the Dan River is at 25.52 feet in Danville, 24.7 feet in Paces, and (as of 9 a.m.) 24.96 feet in South Boston.

In addition, according to the updated forecast from the National Weather Service as of 7:48 a.m., the Dan River is now expected to crest at 29.5 feet by 7 p.m. on Friday in Danville, at 28.4 feet by 1 p.m. on Saturday in Paces, and 30.2 feet by 1 a.m. on Sunday in South Boston.

UPDATE 7:30 a.m.: The Dan River’s water level is still in the minor flooding stage at this time, but a few roads around the River City remain closed Friday morning.

The Danville Fire Department says Goodyear Boulevard is closed between the Danville Expressway and Jenny Lane as of 6 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 13.

In addition, according to the department, the normal areas of the River Walk Trail are currently underwater.

Meanwhile, Danville officials say Trade Street is closed from Advance Street to the Danville Stadium Cinemas as of 6:45 a.m. on Friday.

However, River Street and Memorial Drive are reportedly open at this time.

#DanvilleVa Public Works employees have observed the flood areas and potential flood areas all night long,” the Danville Fire Department wrote on Facebook Friday morning. “They placed signs and barriers off to the side of roads in preparation for road closures. They are certainly on their game and have done a great job. We thank them for their work to keep everyone safe!”

With the river level slowly rising, Danville officials say more streets could be affected later in the day.

As of 6:45 a.m. on Friday, the National Weather Service says the Dan River is at 25.17 feet in Danville, 23.97 feet in Paces, and (as of 6 a.m.) 24.55 feet in South Boston.

However, early Friday morning, the National Weather Service projected the Dan River would crest in Danville at 31.5 feet by 7 p.m., which is just below the major flood stage but would still mark the highest crest on record since 1996.

DANVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — While Danville officials announced Thursday that the Dan River was expected to reach a major flooding stage overnight, the Dan River is still in the minor flooding stage as of Friday morning.

At 4 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 12, the City of Danville announced the National Weather service projected the Dan River would reach major flood stage overnight and crest at 32.4 feet early in the afternoon on Friday, Nov. 13, which would be the highest recorded crest since 1996 when the river gaging station moved to its current location.

As of 8:45 p.m. on Thursday, Danville officials closed Goodyear Boulevard from the Danville Expressway to Jenny Lane because of flooding, which is also expected to occur on other major thoroughfares like River Street and Memorial Drive.

However, are the most recent statistics from the National Weather Service about the water levels along the Dan River on Friday:

  • As of 4:45 a.m., the Dan River is at 24.99 feet in Danville, which is still considered minor flooding, but it will be considered moderate flooding if it passes 26 feet — which, as of 2:52 a.m. on Friday, it is forecasted to do by 7 a.m. — and major flooding if it reaches 32 feet. However, the current forecast says the river will crest at 31.5 feet Friday evening.
  • As of 4:45 a.m., the Dan River is at 23.51 feet in Paces, which is still considered minor flooding, but it will be considered moderate flooding if it reaches 29 feet. However, based on the forecasted water level from 2:52 a.m. on Friday, the river is expected to crest at 28.9 feet Saturday.
  • As of 4 a.m., the Dan River is at 24.2 feet in South Boston, which is still considered minor flooding. However, based on the forecasted water level from 2:52 a.m. on Friday, the river is expected to surpass the moderate flood stage of 29 feet early Saturday morning and crest at 31.1 feet by Saturday evening.

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