The National Weather Service in Blacksburg, Virginia, has issued a Flash Flood Warning for at least ten Southwest Virginia localities, including Tazewell, Bland, Smyth, Wythe, Grayson and Carroll Counties, as well as Galax.
According to a flash flood statement released at 6:40 p.m., the weather service stated, “Doppler radar and automated rain gauges indicated that while heavy rain had now moved out of the area, earlier rainfall of up to three inches had resulted in some flooding of small streams, and gauges in the area still show some streams rising due to the runoff.”
Some locations that will experience flooding include Wytheville, Galax, Bland, Marion and Richlands.
Weather officials are encouraging residents to “turn around, don`t drown” should they encounter flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles.
Residents are asked to be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize the dangers of flooding.
Excessive runoff from heavy rainfall will cause flooding of small creeks and streams, urban areas, highways, streets and underpasses as well as other drainage areas and low lying spots.
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