Residents near Appomattox River keeping an eye on flood warning

PETERSBURG, VA (WWBT) - David Belcher has lived near the Appomattox River for more than four decades, so he knows the wet weather can cause problems.

"It's way above normal, that's for sure," he says with a watchful eye. On Christmas Eve, that meant the river broke its banks in Matoaca and went into his brother-in-law's yard. "It was coming over the garden the other day. Anyhow, it's gone down, pretty much," explains Belcher. However, choppy and raging currents remain.

Down river in Ettrick, where the Appomattox River narrows, the fast moving current was obvious. Roy Williamson spent most of the summer tubing the river, but not today. Instead, he and his dogs stayed safely on shore. "This is the highest it has been all year and the last three years," explains Williamson.

Word of a flood warning drew the curious, and people stopped by to see for themselves. In Petersburg, Larry Whittle and Anthony Parham came down for a better look. While Whittle had his mind on the forecast, Parham was thinking more pragmatically. "I think I'm going to come down here and catch some fish tomorrow," Parham says while laughing.

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