Flood warning issued for central Suffolk

Published 10:41 pm Saturday, August 15, 2020

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A flood warning has been issued for the central city of Suffolk by the National Weather Service Wakefield office.

The flood warning is in place until 1:15 a.m., according to the warning. At 10:21 p.m., reporting gauges on the Nansemond River indicated flooding. Minor flooding will occur over the next few hours.

Flooding is occurring along the Nansemond River, the warning stated. The river was at 5.5 feet at 10 p.m., which is minor flood stage. At 5.5 feet, shallow flooding is expected in vulnerable locations near the waterfront and shoreline.

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The Virginia Department of Emergency Management stated earlier Saturday it was monitoring the ongoing flooding across the state. As of Saturday afternoon, more than 9 inches of rain had fallen in some areas across the state.

“We urge drivers to use caution in flooded areas, and keep yourself and your family safe by not attempting to drive through high water,” said Curtis Brown, VDEM State Coordinator. “Staying home or avoiding hazardous areas helps prevent unnecessary injury and illness to both commuters and responders.”

VDEM recommends the following precautions:

  • Check 511 before you leave.
  • Never drive in high water or across a flooded roadway. A few inches of water can sweep vehicles away.
  • Do not try to move or drive around a barricade or sign.
  • Avoid flood-prone areas, especially along creeks, ditches, and low-lying areas.
  • Look out for tree limbs and other debris in the roadway that may have been carried by swift water. Report any downed trees or debris in the road to my.vdot.virginia.gov or call 1-800-For-Road.
  • Reduce your speed and increase following distance.
  • Keep headlights on while it’s raining. Remember, it’s the law.
  • For more information on flooding, visit www.vaemergency.gov/floods.