Water Resources of the United States

PROJECT ALERT NOTICE (VA WV) Flooding in eastern VA and WV

Date: Mon, 04 Jun 2018 09:32:39 EDT

Summary: Significant rainfall over the weekend has caused flooding in north-central Virginia and eastern West Virginia.

The eastern panhandle of West Virginia and north-central Virginia have received from 5 to 10 inches of rain over the past week with 3 to inches falling in the last 24 hours. Eight sites are currently above moderate flood stage and another nine are above flood stage. Evacuations, road closures, and swift water rescues are widespread and a state of emergency is in place for eight counties in WV.

The VA-WV WSC currently has 7 crews, totally 13 staff, in the field this morning making discharge measurements an collecting water quality samples. These crews are currently working in the Rapphannock and Shenandoah basins in VA and the Upper Potomac basin in WV.

All gages are operational and one rating has been exceeded. Flood frequencies are likely in the 5-10 year return period.

The WV Division of Natural Resources and Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management have been contacted regarding the spillway overflow of the Cacapon State Park reservoir.

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