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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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Flooding Likely for Sunday Morning

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

wiseco2Very heavy rain will continue to move northeast into the area into early Sunday. 

All of the rain is being brough north as moisture from the Gulf of Mexico is brought up ahead of a stalled front to our west in waves. The subtropical air that is moving in is capable of holding a lot of water, comparable to air mass you would see in the Spring. 

We also have a powerful low level jet combining with upper level energy to create lift over our area, generating very heavy rain at times.

While eastern parts of the area need rainfall, due to a long-tern dry spell this Winter, the western half is saturated. Numerous reports of flooding, mudslides, and rockslides are coming in from far SW Viriginia into West Virginia, Tennessee, and Kentucky. The ground there was already saturated from recent rain and snow and flooding started with only 1-2" of rain. 

Back here at home, as heavier rain falls into Sunday, the ground will not be able to hold all of the water. Expect flooding of low spots and rises in creeks and streams. A Flood Watch is in effect for all areas except Lynchburg and Southside through 7 a.m. Monday.

The heaviest rain will fall into Sunday, then become more scattered Sunday afternoon with thudnerstorms possible. Temps will rise well into the 60s to near 70! 

Monday will be cooler with a few showers and drizzle developing. We may end this with a little freezing drizzle on Tuesday. Stay tuned.

In the meantime, remember, never drive across a flooded roadway. 

The way things are looking, there will be several by Sunday morning. 

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Rocky Mount Man, Woman, Arrested on Drug Charges After Traffic Stop

Written by Jamey Singleton. Posted in News

feb7metharrestFRANKLIN COUNTY - A traffic stop for erratic driving led to the arrest of two people from Rocky Mount on drug charges Tuesday.

The traffic stop happened on Franklin Street west of Rocky Mount, the Sheriff's Deparrtment announced on their Facebook page Thursday.

Lawrence Crowe, II of Rocky Mount was charged with driving under the influence of drugs, possession of marijuana and methampetamines, and for the third time driving under a suspended license. 

Rebecca Holland of Rocky Mount was also charged with possession of marijuana and methampetamines.