Flood warning continues for Blackwater

Published 10:04 am Monday, February 8, 2010

A flood warning continues for the Blackwater River above Franklin until late Thursday night.

At 11:45 a.m. Monday, the stage was at 13.14 feet and causing minor flooding.

The National Weather Service warned that when the river reaches 12.5 feet, a portion of Virginia Route 611, Joyners Bridge Road, would become inundated. The road connects Southampton and Isle of Wight counties just north of Franklin.

Because of hardware failure, peak data was unavailable Monday from the U.S. Geological Survey, which provides information to the NWS.

Blackwater Riverkeeper Jeff Turner said he predicts the river will crest Tuesday at 14.

“Then it’s anybody’s guess depending what we get out of the next system,” he said.

According to weather.com, there’s a 100 percent chance that some snow will fall and turn into rain on Tuesday in Western Tidewater.

Turner said he hopes the skies don’t dump too much rain.

“We will have to hope it is not another 3 inches of rain, or we could have some problems with minor flooding,” he said.

Wednesday is expected to be windy and partly cloudy, but the rest of the week calls for sun and temperatures in the mid 40s.