Valley Flood Risk

By: Danielle Banks
By: Danielle Banks

Jeanie and Winford Mongold have been dining at the Green Valley General Store and Restaurant in Bergton for 18 years. It's located near the North Fork of the Shenandoah River. The melting snow has them a little worried.

"We've had about 30 inches right through here. If that would happen to melt really fast some people might be in danger here in the low lying areas," said Winford.

Since it takes 10 inches of snow to equal one inch of liquid precipitation, areas like Bergton could gain close to 3 inches of water from the recent storm.

"That depends a little bit on the constituency of the snow. If it's a heavy snow, it's going to be heavier per inch than a lighter snow," says Richard Weaver, an official data collector for the National Weather Service.

Weaver says we've had a mix of both types of snow. He also says flooding could certainly be potential if fhe snow melted all at once.

"Since we've had so much dry weather. I'm really not so concerned about it at the moment," explains Weaver.

Since temperatures are expected to increase by the week's end, Weaver says he'll keep an eye on things in case the run-off speeds up. But he is concerned about the weekend forecast for rain which could lead to flooding in small streams and rivers.

The Mongolds share that concern. Jeanie would like to see water from the snow going into the ground before the next storm.

"I'm happy that we have some meltdown. Definitely need some meltdown."

There will only be more of it in the next couple of days.


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