Home Archived April 13, 2016

U.S. Geological Survey

Maps, Imagery, and Publications Hazards Newsroom Education Jobs Partnerships Library About USGS Social Media

USGS Newsroom

USGS Newsroom  

Hurricane Floyd Brings Record Flooding to Southeast Virginia
Released: 9/17/1999

Contact Information:
U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey
Office of Communication
119 National Center
Reston, VA 20192
Ward Staubitz 1-click interview
Phone: 804-261-2639 (cell 382-6905) | FAX: 804-261-2659

Roger White
Phone: 804-261-2605 (cell 301-3378)

Torrential rains from Hurricane Floyd have resulted in widespread flooding in southeast Virginia. Flooding along the Blackwater River in Southampton County is extensive, and river stage is still rising at the streamgage operated by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) near the town of Franklin. The current river level exceeds the peak of record at the gage, which has been in operation for 55 years. Local residents note that the current flooding exceeds that of the large 1940 flood. Current discharge (streamflow) of the Blackwater River is estimated to be in excess of a 100-year flood (a discharge that has a 1 percent chance of occurring any year).

The Nottoway and Meherrin Rivers in southeast Virginia are also well above flood stage and still rising. The current discharge of the Meherrin River at the USGS streamgage near Lawrenceville is greater than a 10-year flood (has a 10 percent chance of occurring), and the current discharge of the Nottoway River at the streamgage near Sebrell is greater than a 25-year flood (has a 4 percent chance of occurring). Localized flooding from numerous small ungaged streams in the Hampton Roads area has also occurred.

USGS crews are out measuring streams throughout Virginia. Real-time streamflow data are available at http://va.water.usgs.gov/ at "Current Streamflow Conditions."

USGS personnel are also taking water-quality measurements. The immediate water-quality concern is the material washed into streams by surface runoff from the heavy rains. Of particular concern is the sediment and nutrients (nitrogen and phosphorus) that will be carried into Chesapeake Bay.

Editors: To schedule an interview and take photographs of USGS hydrologists at work, call Roger White at 804-261-2605 or 301-3378.

The USGS serves the nation by providing reliable scientific information to describe and understand the Earth; minimize loss of life and property from natural disasters; manage water, biological, energy, and mineral resources; and enhance and protect our quality of life.

Subscribe to receive the latest USGS news releases.

**** www.usgs.gov ****

Links and contacts within this release are valid at the time of publication.


Accessibility FOIA Privacy Policies and Notices

USA.gov logo U.S. Department of the Interior | U.S. Geological Survey
URL: http://www.usgs.gov/newsroom/article.asp?ID=1237
Page Contact Information: Ask USGS
Page Last Modified: 10/17/2005 8:11:44 AM