News Flash

Danville, VA Local Government News and Announcements

Posted on: February 8, 2020

Dan River water level starts to recede

Turn around, don't drown graphic

UPDATE: Mayor Alonzo Jones today thanked citizens for their patience as the Dan River floodwaters began to recede.

“This is turning into a long flood event, and we have had major thoroughfares closed due to flooding,” Jones said this afternoon. “We see floodwaters beginning to recede. That’s good news, and today we have reopened one major thoroughfare. We have crews on duty this weekend, and we will reopen the other thoroughfares when it is safe to do so. Again, thank you for your patience.”

Here is the situation report as of 5 p.m. Saturday:

  • Danville remains under a river flood warning. The water level in the Dan River crested earlier today at 27.19 feet, which is the highest crest since Tropical Storm Michael in October of 2018 and the third-highest crest since 1996.
  • At 4:16 p.m., the Dan River level was at 26.64 feet, which is in the moderate flood stage. The moderate flood stage begins at 26 feet.
  • The river is currently projected to drop below the moderate flood stage this evening, but remain in the minor flood stage overnight.
  • Memorial Drive from the Robertson Bridge to Primrose Place has been reopened, with one lane of travel in both directions. Park Avenue remains closed at the Water Treatment Plant due to flooding.
  • River Street remains closed. Traffic is being detoured onto North Main Street and Old Halifax Road.
  • Trade Street remains closed.
  • Goodyear Boulevard is closed at two locations – Pumpkin Creek (near Jenny Lane) and Beauford Street.
  • Water Street is closed.
  • Much of the Riverwalk Trail is closed.

(STORY POSTED SATURDAY MORNING)

Dan River water level continues to rise 

The water level in the Dan River continued rising overnight over 27 feet. With the rising water, Memorial Drive from the Robertson Bridge to Primrose Place was closed. Four other streets also are closed.

Here is the situation report as of 9 a.m.:

  • Danville remains under a river flood warning. The water level in the Dan River continued rising overnight to 27.18 feet. At 8:15 a.m., the Dan River level was at 27.15 feet, which is in the moderate flood stage. The moderate flood stage begins at 26 feet.
  • The river is currently projected to remain in the moderate flood stage for most of the day.
  • Due to the rising water, Memorial Drive from the Robertson Bridge to Primrose Place has been closed.
  • River Street remains closed. Traffic is being detoured onto North Main Street and Old Halifax Road.
  • Trade Street remains closed.
  • Goodyear Boulevard is closed at two locations – Pumpkin Creek (near Jenny Lane) and Beauford Street.
  • Water Street is closed.
  • Much of the Riverwalk Trail is closed.

Facebook Twitter Email

Other News in Danville, VA Local Government News and Announcements