Coming Rain Combined with Melting Snow May Cause Flooding

By: Estephany Escobar Email
By: Estephany Escobar Email

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ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) -- Rain is forecasted for Friday, which could put streams at risk of flooding; however, farmers are not complaining.

Jim Koogler, a farmer, uses a four-wheeler to get across his field as the waters are rising in the stream and on the land.

"[The stream] was just barely flowing up until we started getting these rains and this snow," said Koogler.

Water levels keep increasing as the snow continues to melt and Koogler said this can help this season's crops.

"It would give the grass in the winter, wheat and barley, a good start as soon as the weather warms up," said Koogler.

But if melting snow is paired with rain, it could overflow creeks.

Smith Creek near New Market had two feet of water on Tuesday and that number was close to four feet by Wednesday.

The U.S. Geological Survey tracks water levels across the state and lists up-to-date information about stream levels on its website.


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