FIRST ALERT: Flooding rain event over, but watching the rivers
RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - THE MULTI-DAY HEAVY RAIN PATTERN HAS FINALLY BROKEN, BUT RIVER LEVELS ACROSS CENTRAL VIRGINIA ARE ALL RISING AND WILL BE AT VARYING DEGREES ABOVE FLOOD STAGE FOR THE NEXT DAY OR TWO.
All low-lying areas near rivers and some streams will remain vulnerable to flood conditions until river levels recede. Please use extreme caution.
The map below shows all impacted rivers.
The James River is in Minor Flood Stage as of Sunday morning.
Dangerously high levels will continue through early Tuesday. This picture was submitted to us from Ron Martin Sunday morning.
This is what the James River looked like early Sunday afternoon.
MAJOR FLOODING is occuring along the Meherrin River in Brunswick county near Lawrenceville at the Gholson Bridge.
This picture was sent to us from Bladen Finch.
In summary, Appomattox River moderate flooding, crest Sunday morning. Nottoway River moderate flooding, crest Sunday afternoon Meherrin River MAJOR flooding, crest by Monday evening Chickahominy, South and North Anna, Pamunkey, and Mattaponi Rivers all flooding into early Sunday morning, with low lying areas and some secondary roads flooding.
Radar estimated rain totals have been impressive since the middle of last week. Orange colors are 3-5"+. Pink and purple colors are 6-7"+. Officially at RIC we have had 8.83" of rain over the past several days, putting us very close to wettest May on record in 2016 when we had 9.79", and there's still a lot of more time to go this month.
Reminder: Turn around, don't drown if you come up on a flooded roadway!
A few showers and storms will be possible Sunday evening, but not nearly as widespread. Many of us stay dry!
First Alert Weather Day for Monday. We will be watching Monday evening closely for scattered showers and an isolated strong storm possible. Main concern will be strong gusty winds and hail. We will continue to keep you updated. Stay safe!
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