Water Resources of the United States

PROJECT ALERT NOTICE (VA WV) Flooding in central and northern Virginia and eastern West Virginia

Date: Fri, 18 May 2018 08:56:15 EDT

Summary: Widespread persistent rainfall over much of Virginia and eastern West Virginia has resulted in flood conditions.

The VA-WV Water Science Center has been responding to a persistent rainfall event since the morning of May 15, 2018. Areas north of Fredericksburg, VA have received over four inches of rain over the past three days with areas north and east of Winchester, VA receiving between six and eight inches over the same time period. There are currently five stations in the WSC that are above NWS flood stage.

Since Tuesday, there have been multiple crews dispatched from the Richmond and Leetown field offices. There have been more than 12 water quality storm samples collected for the Chesapeake Bay River Input Monitoring project. Four sampling crews are in the field today continuing to collect water quality samples across the region.

There have been 18 high-flow discharge measurements made in the region since Tuesday. Two stage-discharge ratings have been extended based on these measurements and those discharge records have been updated on NWISweb. Five crews are in the field today and will be targeting numerous sites for additional discharge measurements

It is expected that the surface water and water quality sampling efforts will continue into the weekend as an additional 1-3 inches of rainfall is forecast for the region over the next 24 hours.

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