Weather Service issues flood warning at IW-Southampton county border

Published 1:55 pm Friday, March 8, 2024

The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning at the Isle of Wight-Southampton county border.

As of 11:45 a.m. on Friday, the Blackwater River was cresting at 10.5 feet. Flood stage is 10.8 feet. Joyners Bridge Road, also known as State Route 611, is inundated with water.

A portion of Burdette Road, or State Route 619, is also flooded at the bridge that spans the river.

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The flood warning will remain in effect from Saturday, March 9, until further notice.

The NWS forecasts the river will rise above flood stage early tomorrow morning and continue rising to a crest of 11.5 feet early Tuesday morning, March 12.

This weekend’s forecast calls for a 30% chance of rain Friday evening, which will rise to a 90% chance by Saturday. Between a quarter to half inch of precipitation is possible. Winds could gust as high as 22 mph by Saturday evening when showers are likely and a thunderstorm is possible. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch are projected. Higher amounts are possible during thunderstorms. Sunday’s forecast calls for no rain but continued wind gusts as high as 32 mph.

The last time Isle of Wight saw an 11.5-foot crest was in 2004.