Franklin under Blackwater River flood warning

Erin Kelly on rising river in Franklin

FRANKLIN, Va. (WAVY) – The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for the Blackwater River above Franklin until Saturday.

The river was expected to crest at 11.3 feet by Friday evening, and 10.8 feet is what the NWS considers the flood stage.

Blog: Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson’s update on Blackwater River

By Friday afternoon, the rising water covered the dock at the Barrett’s Landing River Walk in downtown Franklin and a portion of the parking lot of the boat landing off Joyners Bridge Road. It was the highest level for the river since 2008, and many people drove by the river Friday to check it out.river

“My husband told me to check the river because that’s what we do when we know it’s going to overflow or possibly get real high,” said Betty Warrington of Franklin. “Any time you get like this, you always worry about the town. They’ve had their share of problems.”

In 1999, Hurricane Floyd forced the Blackwater River into downtown Franklin, flooding Main Street. But this time around, the Southampton County Sheriff’s Office said the river has not affected residential neighborhoods or roads in the area.

Franklin Temple, Jr. said he likes to go fishing in the river, but would not attempt it this week.

“I don’t like to get in the water. The water’s too swift,” he said. “If your boat motor was to cut off, the current will probably run you to the bushes, may even turn your boat over.”

The river was expected to recede on Saturday.

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