Flash Flood Warning in Eastern Virginia

This alert expired on June 11, 2021 at 5:00:00 PM EDT
National Weather Service
Alert area: Richmond; Westmoreland

Posted June 11, 2021 at 1:42:00 PM EDT

The National Weather Service in Wakefield has extended the

* Flash Flood Warning for...
Northwestern Richmond County in east central Virginia...
Westmoreland County in east central Virginia...

* Until 500 PM EDT.

* At 142 PM EDT, Doppler radar indicated heavy rain across the
warned area. Between 3 and 5 inches of rain have fallen.
Additional rainfall amounts up to 1 inch are possible in the
warned area. Flash flooding is already occurring.
HAZARD...Flash flooding caused by heavy rain.
SOURCE...Radar.
IMPACT...Flash flooding of small creeks and streams, urban
areas, highways, streets and underpasses as well as
other poor drainage and low-lying areas.

* Some locations that will experience flash flooding include...
Montross, Hague, Coles Point, Newland, Mount Holly, Templeman,
Currioman Landing, Erica, Piney Grove, Kremlin, Stratford Hall and
Westmoreland State.
FLASH FLOOD...RADAR INDICATED

Recommended actions

Move to higher ground now. Act quickly to protect your life.
ready.gov

Tips from ready.gov


Excerpted from ready.gov
Before:

  • Build an emergency kit and make a family communications plan.

  • Elevate the furnace, water heater and electric panel in your home if you live in an area that has a high flood risk.

  • Consider installing "check valves" to prevent flood water from backing up into the drains of your home.

  • If feasible, construct barriers to stop floodwater from entering the building and seal walls in basements with waterproofing compounds.

  • More:

  • What to do before a flood.


Excerpted from ready.gov
During:

  • Be aware that flash flooding can occur. If there is any possibility of a flash flood, move immediately to higher ground. Do not wait for instructions to move.

  • If you must prepare to evacuate, you should do the following:

    • Turn off utilities at the main switches or valves if instructed to do so. Disconnect electrical appliances. Do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water.

    • Secure your home. If you have time, bring in outdoor furniture. Move essential items to an upper floor.

  • Be aware of stream, drainage channels, canyons and other areas known to flood suddenly. Flash floods can occur in these areas with or without typical warnings such as rain clouds or heavy rain.

  • If you have to leave your home, remember these evacuation tips:

    • Do not walk through moving water. Six inches of moving water can make you fall. If you have to walk in water, walk where the water is not moving. Use a stick to check the firmness of the ground in front of you.

    • Do not drive into flooded areas. If floodwaters rise around your car, abandon the car and move to higher ground if you can do so safely. You and the vehicle can be swept away quickly.

    • Do not camp or park your vehicle along streams, rivers or creeks, particularly during threatening conditions.

  • More:

  • What to do during a flood.

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