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Flooding is seen at a New River boat launch below the Claytor Lake Dam today.
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Virginia Tech students Richie Steinwand (left) and Taylor Evans shield themselves from rain and wind with their umbrellas while crossing the drillfield in Blacksburg Monday. The two students were on their way to classes during finals week.
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
A flood watch remains in effect for much of Southwest Virginia through this evening, prompted by a forecast that includes widespread rainfall amounts of about 2 to 3 inches.
A warning was issued today for minor flooding along the New River near Galax, according to the Associated Press. The weather service says the river was expected to fall below flood stage later in the day. Minor flooding also was possible along the New River in Pulaski and Wythe counties.
In Radford, New River Drive and the Riverway (bikeway/walkway) as well as Bisset Park have been closed due to flooding, according to a morning news release from the city of Radford. Claytor Lake Dam was opened Monday night, and the New River is expected to crest at about 13 feet around 8 p.m. The city notes park facilities have been readied and Radford may experience some localized flooded streets and properties.
Due to the weather, nightime southbound lane closures and northbound lane detours on I-81 due to a widening project in Montogmery County will take place overnight tonight through Thursday. The lane closures are scheduled from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m., while the detours are scheduled from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. The work is taking place from mile markers 120-125. Some of the detours and closures had been scheduled earlier in the week.
Carr Boyd, Botetourt County's director of the department of emergency services, said Springwood Road is blocked at Cedar Lane and that Hardbarger Road in the Buchanan area is also closed.
"Knock on wood. Right now we aren't having any major problems," Boyd said about 1:45 p.m. "I don't know if that's going to continue. As we move into tonight and go forward, I'm sure things are going to keep popping up."
Botetourt County Public Schools is making arrangements, where necessary, for school buses to use alternative routes.
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