Tag: flooding

USDA designates localities for disaster relief following flooding

Two localities in Virginia have qualified for natural disaster assistance from the USDA due to losses caused by flooding due to excessive rains since Sept. 1.

VDOT: Heavy rains bring flooding, road closures to Alleghany County

Heavy rains throughout the day in the Alleghany County area of Virginia have caused numerous roads to close due to flooding.

New mapping approach reveals benefits, shortcomings of flood-control strategies

It should come as no surprise that urban areas, with impenetrable rooftops and parking lots, contribute to flooding.

Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Virginia localities in Tidewater and Southside receive federal disaster declarations

The USDA has issued primary disaster designations for four Virginia counties due to losses caused by excessive rain and flooding that occurred Sept. 24-Oct. 6.

AccuWeather: Hurricane Joaquin to impact 65 million from South Carolina to Massachusetts

AccuWeather reports flooding from Hurricane Joaquin will impact areas from South Carolina to Massachusetts regardless of whether it makes landfall or if the center stays out to sea.


Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative urges preparation for potential heavy rain event

With measurable rain in the forecast for parts of Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative’s eight-county service area in the days ahead, SVEC has pulled together key staff members responsible for working these types of situations and has implemented a plan of action to coordinate our response to the severe weather.

Virginia State Police ready to assist with flooding

The Virginia State Police are advising all motorists to Drive to Save Lives with the pending rain forecast for the coming days and additional potential for flooding:

Commonwealth responding to flooding: Preparing for more extreme weather

Heavy rain caused flooding in parts of Southwest Virginia and impacted 138 roads across the Commonwealth yesterday. Widespread flooding and expected rain from several weather systems, including the potential landfall of Hurricane Joaquin through the weekend could cause additional impacts statewide and hamper travel.

Snow threatens weekend travel in Northwest, North Central

AccuWeather reports two storms will produce areas of snow in the Pacific Northwest and part of the North Central states this weekend.

Storm threatens Christmas Eve travel

AccuWeather reports a storm bringing heavy rain, fog, thunderstorms, a swath of snow and travel delays will converge on the Northeast, Midwest and South leading up to Christmas.

Where’s Rudolph? Christmas Eve storm threatens two dozen states

AccuWeather reports a storm bearing strong winds, heavy snow, torrential rain, thunderstorms and fog will converge on the Northeast and Midwest on Christmas Eve and will likely create major travel delays, both on the roads and at airports.

Virginia awards $21.5 million in grants for stormwater pollution reduction efforts

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that Virginia has awarded about $21.5 million in grants under the Stormwater Local Assistance Fund.

Thanksgiving travel forecast: Storm may slow early travel as 46 million take to roads

AccuWeather reports cold air will be less intense and much less widespread across the nation during the week of Thanksgiving.

Virginians headed to NYC for largest climate event in history

Over 80 activists from Richmond and surrounding areas began their journey to the People’s Climate March taking place today in New York City. The march, which starts at 11:30 a.m., is being hailed as the largest climate march in history.

Virginia Department of Health updates closure of shellfish harvesting

The Virginia Department of Health announced Friday that a portion of the James River will be opened to harvesting shellfish effective September 20, 2014.

Governor McAuliffe sets September as National Preparedness Month in Virginia

Governor Terry McAuliffe has recognized September as National Preparedness Month in Virginia, calling on families, business owners and communities to take specific steps to be ready for emergencies.

Ken Plum: Climate change is here

“Climate change, once considered an issue for a distant future, has moved firmly into the present,” according to a report, Climate Change Impacts in the United States, that was released this year and that includes the findings of 300 experts affiliated with the National Climate Assessment and Development Advisory Committee.

Virginia State Police encourages Drive to Save Lives

As Virginians prepare to celebrate our nation’s independence, the Virginia State Police encourages everyone to include traffic safety as an integral part of their preparations and activities.

Earth Talk: Fighting hunger by better managing ocean resources

Hunger is a growing problem around the world, in both developing and developed countries. As our population continues to rise, the amount of arable land per capita is declining and climate change is either drying out or flooding many formerly productive agricultural belts, making it more and more difficult to keep up with the growing demand for food.

Pollution standards will protect Virginia’s health, economy

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy today announced a major proposal to curb carbon pollution from our nation’s existing power plants for the first time ever.

Virginia Environmental Endowment awards nearly $300K in grants

The Virginia Environmental Endowment (VEE) announced awards of nearly $300,000 to protect and improve the state’s natural resources and environment.

McAuliffe urges citizens to prepare for hurricane season

To emphasize the importance of preparing for hurricane season, Gov. Terry McAuliffe has recognized May 25-31 as Hurricane and Flooding Preparedness Week.


AAA: Be prepared for flash flooding

Except for heat related fatalities, more deaths occur from flooding than any other weather hazard. Why? Most people fail to realize the power of water.

Ken Plum: Science goes on trial in Virginia

Not since the Scopes trial in Tennessee in 1925 has science been on trial as it has been in Virginia over the last few years. The Scopes trial was of course about Darwin’s theory of evolution. That trial concluded more than 85 years ago, but the debate goes on with fundamentalists who prefer the teaching of creationism over evolution in public schools.

Over the banks

But Waynesboro sidesteps flood disaster   Story, photos and video by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net Waynesboro dodged potential disastrous flooding associated with heavy rain that overswept the Shenandoah Valley Sunday and into Monday morning. The river had been projected to crest at 1 p.m. Monday at 10.5 feet, a foot over the 9.5-foot flood stage, according to the Waynesboro […]

Official: South River at flood stage, expected to crest at 1 p.m. Monday

   Story by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net The South River is above flood stage in Waynesboro after Sunday’s dousing of heavy rain, and is expected to crest at 1 p.m. Monday at 10.5 feet, about a foot above flood stage, according to a report from the Waynesboro Department of Emergency Management this morning. The river is […]

City officials watching weather forecast

Snow-rain double-whammy caused massive ’96 flooding Story by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net The first of the two 100-year floods of 1996 in Waynesboro was precipitated by a massive early-January snowstorm that dumped 30 inches-plus of snow followed by a heavy-rain event a week later that forced the South River out of its banks. With snow still […]

A Halloween to remember

By Crystal Graham freepress@ntelos.net (This is the second installment in a six-part series on The Valley Responds, an effort that links the Shenandoah Valley with residents of Long Beach, Miss.) In Long Beach, Miss., children celebrated Halloween just like most children here in Virginia. At school, the children were outside getting their faces painted – […]