Flash Flood Warning issued September 1 at 3:56PM EDT expiring September 1 at 7:00PM EDT by NWS Blacksburg VA

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.

Map showing affected area for flash flood warning
Map showing affected area for flash flood warning

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:
    Buena Vista
    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
    Piney River
    Little Piney River
    Moffatts Creek
    Whitesides Run
    and Pisgah Branch
    portions of Interstate 81 north of Lexington.