Flood in USA on February 13 2018 06:02 AM (UTC).
While some water that accumulated during a weekend of steady rain began receding Monday, Gov. Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency in Southwest Virginia just before 5 p.m. The state of emergency is meant "to assist [the] state and local response to flooding and damage from heavy rains in Southwestern Virginia," the governor said in a tweet. As of Sunday night, between 75 and 90 roads in Southwest Virginia were impacted by flooding, causing several local school districts to close Monday. As of 5 p.m. Monday, 45 roads in the region were still impacted, according to Michelle Earl of the Virginia Department of Transportation. In Wise County, where a local state of emergency was declared Saturday evening, a privately owned dam threatened to fail Sunday night. On Monday, the Wise County Sheriff's Office announced that water levels had receded and failure - which could have resulted in a flash flood affecting 17 homes downstream - was no longer a threat. But the threat could return with more rain in the forecast. "Continued monitoring will be mandated during any significant rain event until the eroding impoundment is stabilized or removed," the Sheriff's Office wrote in a statement. Rainfall is expected to resume tonight, according to the Weather Channel, and continue through the weekend. ov. Ralph Northam has declared a state of emergency in Southwest Virginia following a wet weekend in the region, according to a tweet posted about an hour ago. As of Sunday night, between 75 and 90 roads in Southwest Virginia were impacted by flood waters. Around 45 roads currently remained impacted, according to Michelle Earl of the Virginia Department of Transportation. Rainfall is expected to resume Tuesday night, according to the Weather Channel, and continue for several days.