James River Levee Protects Southern Albemarle County From Flooding

By: Cheryn Stone Email
By: Cheryn Stone Email

December 10, 2009

After heavy rains this week, areas that saw flooding, like Dyers Mill Lane in southern Albemarle County are drying out Thursday.

In Scottsville, high water moved tree branches along the James River. The river is six feet lower on a normal day than the level it is now. Protecting the small town of Scottsville from flooding is a two-front effort.

Both the James River and Mink Creek Reservoir can pour water into the town.

When the river level reaches more than thirteen feet pumps turn on. The pumps can move 50,000 gallons a minute, which protects the town from flood waters.

"For the most part because the fire department does a really good job maintaining them, no one would ever know we are down here," says Tim Karr, Levee Superintendent.

When the water level passes 21 feet though, the gates close to protect the town from the James River.

The Fire Department will continue to monitor the pumps. They expect everything to be back to normal by Saturday. They're hoping more rain won't cause any more flooding concerns.

Residents of the Bremo Bluff area of Albemarle County say the river is above the flood stage, but so far it's not causing any damage.

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