Flooding in Danville could continue until Sunday

Southside Virginia News

DANVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — Flooding continues in Danville days after this week’s rains ended.

This comes as no surprise to residents.

“It does it all the time,” said Joseph Jackson, a lifelong Danville resident.

Water spilt into businesses, like Cotton at Riverside Mill, that run along the Dan River.

Still, life goes on in Danville. Residents like Jackson have experienced flooding twice this year, already.

“When I’d come down [to the river], everybody looked surprised,” Jackson said with a chuckle. “I was like ‘come on people!’ If you live in Danville, you know it’s gonna flood.”

“We’re experienced at this, being a river city,” said Arnold Hendrix, Danville’s PIO. “And so, our crews know what to do.”

Hendrix says this flood is different from the other two.

“What we’re seeing is a slow-developing flood event,” Hendrix said. “That’s not typically what we see, but it is developing much more slowly. We’re not out of the danger yet.”

“It’s done it a few times but not this bad,” said another lifelong resident, Jimmy Barts.

Barrs said the water has already reached his basement.

“I went home last night and went down stairs, and I had about two inches of water,” Barts said, unfazed. “I wasn’t expecting it. I should have gone home and put the sump pump in, but I didn’t.”

“Our major concern is that because this is a slow-developing event that our citizens will become less cautious, and we want them to remain cautious,” Hendrix said.

Hendrix says the city has divided public works into two teams to work twelve hours shifts and continuously monitor the Dan River and the roads surrounding it.

Because water is slowly rising, the city anticipates it to slowly recede as well, and drivers should expect road closures to be up as late as Sunday.

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