The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a flash flood warning for City of Buena Vista, VA; Rockbridge, VA; Amherst, VA starting on 9/1/2018 12:56:00 PM. NWS estimates this event is ‘likely’ to happen and the event is categorized as ‘severe.’
The best action to take according to The National Weather Service is to avoid the area. Turn around, don’t drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles.
In hilly terrain there are hundreds of low water crossings which are potentially dangerous in heavy rain. Do not attempt to cross flooded roads. Find an alternate route.
When it is safe to do so, please send your reports of flooding, including mudslides or flooded roads, to the National Weather Service by calling toll free at 1 8 6 6 2 1 5 4 3 2 4. Reports and pictures can also be shared on the National Weather Service Blacksburg Facebook page and on Twitter.
Here is the full alert from The National Weather Service
The National Weather Service in BLACKSBURG has issued a
- Flash Flood Warning for:
The City of Buena Vista in west central Virginia
Eastern Rockbridge County in west central Virginia
Northwestern Amherst County in central Virginia
- Until 700 PM EDT
- At 353 PM EDT, Doppler radar indicated persistent thunderstorms
with very heavy rain, 2 to 3 inches per hour, across eastern
Rockbridge County and western Amherst County between Buena Vista
and Forks of Buffalo.
The public has reported flash flooding in the city of Buena
Vista during the past 10 minutes with water up to the hubcaps
of vehicles on Magnolia Avenue or Business Highway 501. Flash
flooding is already occurring. Take necessary precautions
- Some locations that will experience flooding include:
Forks Of Buffalo
and Pleasant View.
Excessive rainfall over the warned area will cause mud slides near
steep terrain. The mud slide can consist of rock, mud, vegetation and
other loose materials.
Additional rainfall amounts of 2 to 3 inches are possible in
the warned area.
This includes the following streams and drainages
Little Piney River
and Pisgah Branch
portions of Interstate 81 north of Lexington.