Potential Dam Failure Pulaski County

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch because of the potential dam failure of the Lake Powhatan Dam in Pulaski County.

They say the rain we've been experiencing is expected to continue through Sunday morning, this has caused the ground to become fully saturated.

The NWS says the Flash Flood Watch will be in effect through Sunday morning.

According to Pulaski County Emergency Services, the dam at the Blue Ridge Scout Reservation in Southwest Pulaski County has developed an issue with the outflow pipe. That issue could cause the pipe to fail if the heavy rainfall continues or the pipe gets clogged.

If the dam fails, the flash flooding would happen near Big Macks Creek. The floodwater would flow down to the New River.

They say the flooding would affect Max Creek Road, and Eanes Ferry Road, near Julia Simpkins Road, including all of the low water crossings entering the Scout Reservation.

It would also affect the homes in Macks Creek Village.

Remember: Turn around, don't drown!

 

Flash Flood Watch

Flood Watch

National Weather Service Blacksburg VA

1237 PM EST Sat Feb 23 2019

...POTENTIAL DAM FAILURE OF LAKE POWHATAN DAM IN PULASKI COUNTY

VIRGINIA...

...Widespread Rainfall Expected to Continue through

Early Sunday...

.A very wet weather pattern will remain in place across the

forecast area through early Sunday. Low pressure to our south and

high pressure to our north will keep a focused area of rain

streaming across the region from the west and southwest today and

tonight. A strong cold front will finally sweep through the area

Sunday and bring an end to the several day rain event. Periods of

moderate rain are likely today and tonight until the cold front

moves through the forecast area. The ground is totally saturated

throughout the forecast area as a result of recent rain and snow

melt. Many rivers are already at or above bankful and some will

experience minor flooding over the next few days, including

portions of the Dan, James, and Roanoke Rivers. Remain alert for

Flood Advisories, Flood Warnings, and River Flood Warnings that

may be issued today and Sunday.

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Pulaski-

Including the cities of Radford and Pulaski

1237 PM EST Sat Feb 23 2019

...FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT THROUGH SUNDAY MORNING FOR

POTENTIAL DAM FAILURE...

...FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT THROUGH SUNDAY MORNING...

The National Weather Service in Blacksburg has issued a

* Flash Flood Watch for a portion of southwest Virginia,

including the following area, Pulaski.

* Through Sunday morning

* Pulaski County Emergency Services reported that the Lake

Powhatan Dam at the Blue Ridge Scout Reservation in Southeast

Pulaski County had developed a problem with the outflow pipe.

This may cause the dam to fail if excessive heavy rainfall

occurs, or the pipe becomes clogged.

* If the dam fails, flash flooding would occur along Big Macks

Creek, which would flow downstream to the New River. This would

affect Max Creek Road, and Eanes Ferry Road, near Julia Simpkins

Road...including all of the low water crossings entering the

Scout Reservation. This would impact the homes of Macks Creek

Village.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead

to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION.

Remember...TURN AROUND...DON`T DROWN!

You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action

should Flash Flood Warnings be issued.

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The Flood Watch continues for

* A portion of southwest Virginia, including the following area,

Pulaski.

* Through Sunday morning

* Widespread nearly continuous light rain with periods of

moderate rainfall likely. Rainfall totals of 2 inches are

expected through Sunday, with locally higher amounts possible.

* Flooding of low-lying, poor drainage, and normally flood prone

areas. Small creeks and streams will be subject to flooding as

well as larger mainstem rivers.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based on

current forecasts and existing soil conditions.

You should monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible

Flood Warnings. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be

prepared to take action should flooding develop.

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