The National Weather Service has lowered its prediction for flooding in Halifax County.
On Thursday, the Blacksburg-based weather office suggested the Dan River would crest at about 31.4 feet, the same level experienced after Tropical Storm Michael hit Southside Virginia in October 2018.
The weather service now predicts a slightly lower crest of 30.2 feet early Sunday morning. The river is expected to fall back below flood stage late Monday morning, according to Steve Dishman, emergency services coordinator for Halifax County.
Traffic through U.S. 501 in Riverdale was rerouted Friday morning in anticipating of flooding.
Dishman said Friday morning he wasn’t sure if floodwaters would reach the intersection of U.S. 58 and 501 in Riverdale with the lower forecast from the National Weather Service.
The Virginia Department of Transportation is preparing to close a stretch of U.S. 58 in an area known as Leggetts Bottom in the eastern part of Halifax County in case flooding from the Dan River overtakes the roadway there.