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Rain, snow cause few troubles ... and bust drought

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Most of the county was covered in a bed of snow Friday morning after heavy and flakes fell through the night. The snow quickly melted in areas exposed to the sun, but this field was in pristine condition at sunrise Friday. (David Conner II photo)
SoVaNow.com / January 21, 2013
Heavy rainfall and snow in the past week caused light flooding in Halifax and Pittsylvania counties and closed a number of roads, but further east the downpour came as welcome relief as Buggs Island Lake returned to normal levels.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers acted last week to reopen boat ramps on Kerr Reservoir (Buggs Island Lake) that had been closed in late 2012 due to low water conditions. The drought that caused the lake to fall was “dramatically overcome” by several days of precipitation, the Corps stated in a press release, with the lake level rising 5.5 feet in the span of a week.

The Corps estimated that the Roanoke River watershed that feeds into Kerr Lake received upwards of 5 inches of rain during the span.

Lake levels are expected to peak near 303-303.5 feet this week based on current inflow forecasts, so flood operations have been initiated which should bring lake levels back down near 300 feet by Friday. The 300 foot level is the bottom of Kerr Reservoir’s flood pool.

VDOT reported minor flooding of roads in Halifax and Pittsylvania last week as a result of the rain and snow. Thursday’s heavy, moist snowfall created hazardous conditions on area roadways, although roads were generally clear by Friday afternoon as warmer temperatures set in across the region.





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