Flooding a major concern in parts of southwest Virginia
Heavy and persistent rain has lead to some flooding across parts of Southwest Virginia Saturday night.
BUCHANAN COUNTY: The flood walls in Grundy are being closed. A mudslide has occured on Route 650 in the Big Rock Area of Buchanan County. The road is closed at this time. High water has also been reported in the Hurley area. A viewer reported flooding on Route 711 in Buchanan County. US 460 has water on it in spots due to flooding along Levisa Fork and Slate Creek. High water along State Road 83.
Grundy Baptist Church is open as a shelter for anyone who needs a place to stay.
LEE COUNTY: Lee County has declared a State of Emergency. A shelter has been opened at Jonesville Middle School. In Lee County, multiple road closures have been reported, with flooding near the bridge at Lee High. Here is an update from the Lee County Sheriff's Office.
WISE COUNTY: Wise County has declared a local emergency as of 10 p.m. A shelter will be opened at 11:00 p.m. at Union High School cafeteria for the Big Stone Gap, Appalachia, and Norton areas. The old Appalachia High School has also been opened as a shelter for flood evacuees. We've been told that Coeburn Middle School and Norton Community Center are open shelters too.
In Big Stone Gap, there are multiple road closures. 2nd Ave. West and East otherwise known as Aviation Road are closed as of 12:30 AM. Proctor Street & Sycamore Ave intersection and all of Wallens Ridge Blvd are closed as well. East 26th and Shawnee Avenue East Roads are not passable. River Road and Tate Springs Road are not passable either.
Beamon Town and East Stone Gap Road are expected to be closed soon. Evacuations are starting at Frog Level area now.
We will update as things change. The forecast says we will receive more rain throughout the night into morning. We have several roadways that the water is covering. Be Smart Turn Around Don't Drown.
In Wise County, flooding has been reported in the Wallens Ridge Blvd area. Voluntary evacuations are ongoing in about 30 homes. The water has not entered the homes as of 10pm Saturday night.
A viewer sent us this picture of a flooded roadway in the Turkey Branch Road area of the county. This is just north of the Lonesome Pine Airport, which reported over 1.7" of rain as of 5pm Saturday. One of our weather spotters also reported that creeks were running near bankful in the Clintwood area Saturday evening.
The Wise County Sheriff's Department warned of flooding across the county.
If you have any pictures of flooded roads in your area, send them to us.
The Sandy Ridge Fire Department reported that Toms Creek is also flooding. Be alert for water and debris on the road along Route 23.
DICKENSON COUNTY: The county is under a State of Emergency, with Ridgeview High designated as a shelter for flood evacuees. Route 612 is closed due to flooding along Laurel Creek and Georges Fork in Dickenson County. Water was reported in the Greenvrier Road area as well. Rt 637 closed due to flooding in the Cranes Nest River and Lick Branch
RUSSELL COUNTY: Flooding has been reported in Cleveland, VA.
HARLAN COUNTY, KY: In Harlan County, KY, flooding has closed some roads in the Cranks section of the county. This is close to US421 as you leave Lee County and head into Harlan County. Use caution if traveling. The American Red Cross is setting up at Harlan Baptist Church.
SCOTT COUNTY: Runoff is crossing a few roads in the Fort Blackmore and Dungannon areas. Grogan Park in downtown Gate City is covered in water. The Clinch River at Speers Ferry and N Fork of the Holston River are expected to rise on Sunday and crest on Monday.
Stay tuned to News 5 and the StormTrack 5 Weather Team for more information. Never drive your car into flood waters. Most flood deaths occur in automobiles, and most occur at night. Turn Around, Don't Drown!