Danville Public Works prepares for flooding


A sign warns motorists of a closed road due to flooding on Wednesday, May 29, 2019, in Harmony, Pa. More storms are predicted for the area. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

DANVILLE, Va. (WFXR) – As additional rainfall is expected through at least Thursday, crews with Danville’s Public Works have begun to prepare flood-prone parts of the city.

They have pre-positioned barricades and barriers along the sides of streets, especially near the Dan River, that normally sees flooding in times of heavy rain.

Residents and visitors are urged to use caution when travelling around the city.

If you see a road with standing water, turn around and find another route.

Crews will be working 12-hour shifts to monitor conditions around the clock and will close streets as needed.

The Dan River is expected to reach flood stage overnight Wednesday night.

Flood stage is 21 feet.

When the river reaches that point, river flooding will close sections of the Riverwalk Trail as well as sections of Trade Street and Water Street.

River Street will also be impacted if the Dan River reaches flood stage.

Crews will pump water in the curves of River Street to attempt to keep the street open to traffic; however, if the road is closed, traffic will be detoured onto North Main Street and Old Halifax Road.

If the river reaches 24 fee, flooding will close sections of Goodyear Boulevard.

The Dan River is forecast to crest at around 28 feet overnight Thursday night.

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