Rain Totals of Up to 4" Put a Huge Dent in Area's Drought

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

lynchburgROCKY MOUNT - A deep fetch of persistent heavy downpours fell over the area in waves Saturday night and early Sunday morning. Rain falling on hard ground from the winter made for run-off problems. The combined effect of melting snowpack, saturated ground, mountainous terrain and heavy rain in West Virginia and extreme SW Virginia resulted in more significant flooding by Saturday night. 

A very heavy line of rain moved over Franklin County and central Virginia around 3 a.m. following an area of heavy rain earlier in the night around 10-11 p.m. Saturday. Creeks and streams quickly rose to bankfull with a few overflowing Sunday morning. Peaks View Park in Lynchburg (pictured) took on floodwaters during the day Sunday, according to the City of Lynchburg's Facebook page. 

In Rocky Mount, a storm total of 3.96" was reported. The Pigg River rose to action stage in Sandy Level, where gauge measurements are taken, below flood stage but still high. Furnace Creek in Rocky Mount came within a few inches of bank full early Sunday morning around 7 a.m., then fell during the day.

The Blackwater River also came close to bank full, coming close to minor flood stage east of Rocky Mount at the 122 gauge sight. 

A few light rain showers are possible Monday as temperatures fall into the 40's. More showers are possible, scattered in nature, later in the week as well. 


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