UPDATE: Streets reopen in Danville, Pittsylvania County as Dan River drops below flood stage; numerous roads still closed across southwest Virginia

Local News
Crews from Danville Public Works clear water off River Street and other roads following this week's flooding. (Photo: Courtesy Danville Fire Department)

FILE: Crews from Danville Public Works clear water off River Street and other roads following this week’s flooding. (Photo: Courtesy Danville Fire Department)

UPDATE 3:07 p.m.: Officials announced that Trade Street has been cleaned off and reopened, which means that all streets in the City of Danville are open once again.

UPDATE 1:01 p.m.: VDOT announced a new weather-related road closure in Pittsylvania County Sunday afternoon due to washout.

According to VDOT, both eastbound and westbound lanes on Route 885 at Crown Road are closed from East Gretna Road and State Route 40 to Fairmont Road and Route 665.

VDOT says a detour is in place using Route 40 and Route 665.

UPDATE 12:10 p.m.: The Danville Fire Department says River Street has reopened thanks to flood cleanup efforts from public works crews.

Fire officials say — per Danville Public Works — River Street has been cleaned and all lanes are in service as of 11:45 a.m. on Sunday. Crews are expected to finish cleaning the section of Trade Street behind Chick-Fil-A and reopen that road Sunday afternoon, according to Danville Fire Department.

“Huge thank you to Danville’s Public Works for all they do to get the roads open after flooding,” Danville Fire Department wrote on Facebook. “We appreciate their efforts, especially on a holiday weekend!”

DANVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — As crews continue to clean up the damage from this week’s flooding, officials announced the decline of the Dan River’s water levels and the expected reopening of more streets in Danville and Pittsylvania County on Sunday morning. However, numerous road closures are still in effect in other localities across southwest Virginia.

According to the City of Danville’s morning update on Sunday, May 24, the Dan River has dropped below the flood stage and the floodwaters have receded.

While River Street remains closed as of Sunday morning, city officials say crews are cleaning up debris and mud from the street surface and expect to reopen later in the day. In addition, a section of Trade Street is still closed, but the City says crews will start cleaning that street surface later on Sunday.

Meanwhile, the Lynchburg division of the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) announced that all roads previously closed in Pittsylvania County due to flooding have reopened as of 8:51 a.m. on Sunday.

However, there are still numerous weather-related road closures in place around southwest Virginia — especially in Halifax County — according to VDOT. The 511 website continues to list dozens of road closures implemented on Friday and Saturday, but the following closures are the ones updated on Sunday:

Franklin County

  • All northbound and Southbound lanes are closed on State Route 116/Jubal Early Highway at Coopers Cove Road and Route 681 near the Roanoke County line due to washout.
  • All northbound and southbound lanes are closed on Route 709/Blue Bend Road from Blue Bend Road, Grassy Hill Road, Route 919, and Route 909 to Jamestown Road and Route 812 due to flooding.
  • All eastbound and westbound lanes are closed on Route 748/Five Mile Road from Five Mile Road, Turners Creek Road, and Route 640 to Ferrum Mountain Road and Route 602 due to washout.

Halifax County

  • All eastbound and westbound lanes are closed on U.S. Route 58/Philpott Road at Huell Matthews Highway, Main Street, and U.S. Route 501 due to flooding.
  • All northbound and southbound lanes are closed on U.S. Route 501/Huell Matthews Highway from Bill Tuck Highway, Philpott Road, U.S. Route 360, and U.S. Route 58 to Main Street due to flooding.
  • All northbound and southbound lanes are closed on Route 600/Black Walnut Drive from Green Valley Road and Route 778 to Mount Laurel Road and Route 746 due to flooding.
  • All eastbound and westbound lanes are closed on Route 601 from Bill Tuck Highway, Virgie Cole Road, Route 658, and U.S. Route 58 to Amis Chapel Road, Buckshoal Road, Love Town Road, and Route 601 in Mecklenberg County due to flooding.
  • All northbound and southbound lanes are closed on Route 617/Cove Road from Chester Road and Route 618 to Neals Corner Road and Route 616 due to flooding.
  • All eastbound and westbound lanes are closed on Route 658/Melon Road from Storys Creek Road and Route 751 to Stebbins Road and Route 691 due to flooding.
  • All eastbound and westbound lanes are closed on Route 659/River Road from Stebbins Road and Route 691 to Oak Level Road and Route 683, and from Hankins Loop Road and Route 945 to Berry Hill Road and Route 682 due to flooding.
  • All northbound and southbound lanes are closed on Route 691/Stebbins Road from Melon Road and Route 658 to River Road and Route 659 due to flooding.
  • All northbound and southbound lanes are closed on Route 704 from Philpott Road, U.S. Route 360 East, and U.S. Route 58 East to Bold Springs Road and Route 706 due to flooding.
  • All northbound and southbound lanes are closed on Route 710/Bethel Hill Road from Harmony Road and Route 711 to Bethel Hill Road and Harmony Road near the North Carolina state line due to flooding.
  • All eastbound and westbound lanes are closed on Route 716 from N Nichols Ferry Trail and Route 727 to Coleman Road and Route 726 due to flooding.

Montgomery County

  • All eastbound and westbound lanes are closed on Route 683/Paris Mountain Road from Paris Mountain Road’s dead end to Reesedale Road and Route 622 due to washout.
  • All eastbound and westbound lanes are closed on Route 712/Taylor Hollow Road at Lusters Gate Road and Route 723 due to flooding.

Latest Stories

Get breaking news, weather, and sports delivered to your smartphone with the WFXR News app available on Apple and Android.

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

News tips

Do you have a news tip or breaking news to share with WFXR?  Submit your tip here.

Latest News

More News

News Tip Form