As of Tuesday morning, the Blackwater River is within a few inches of completely washing over the riverwalk at Barrett's Landing in downtown Franklin. At the boat landing down the bend, the pier is three-quarters covered by the water. -- STEPHEN H. COWLES/TIDEWATER NEWS
As of Tuesday morning, the Blackwater River is within a few inches of completely washing over the riverwalk at Barrett's Landing in downtown Franklin. At the boat landing down the bend, the pier is three-quarters covered by the water. -- STEPHEN H. COWLES/TIDEWATER NEWS

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Blackwater River under flood warning [Update: Some area roads closed]

Published 11:39am Monday, June 10, 2013

FRANKLIN—The Blackwater River above Franklin is under a flood warning,

The National Weather Service issued a flood warning from Monday through Friday.

At 9:45 a.m. Monday, the river’s stage was 10 feet and minor flooding was forecast. Flood stage is 10.8 feet.

The Blackwater was expected to rise above flood stage by Monday evening and will continue to rise to near 11.2 feet by early Wednesday and fall back to normal levels by Friday. When downtown Franklin flooded in 1999, the river rose 26.27 feet.

The following roads are being affecting by flood conditions in Southampton County, according to the Sheriff’s Department.

Rt. 614E (Southampton County) at Seacock Chapel Rd
Description: On Rt. 614 (Seacock Chapel Rd) in the County of Southampton, in the vicinity of New Rd; Rt. 622E/W (Southampton County), motorists can expect potential delays due to standing water. The east through lanes are closed. The west through lanes are closed.
Last updated: Tue June 11, 2013, 8:09 AM EDT

Rt. 635N (Southampton County) at Unity Rd
Description: Rt. 635N (Southampton County) – Unity Rd – closed due to flooding
Last updated: Tue June 11, 2013, 8:33 AM EDT

Rt. 635S (Southampton County) at Unity Rd
Description: Rt. 635S (Southampton County) – Unity Rd – closed due to flooding
Last updated: Tue June 11, 2013, 8:33 AM EDT

Rte. 619E (Isle of Wight County) at Burdette Road
Sparrow Lane; Stringwood Lane; Route 619E/West (Southampton County); County/City/Town Line: Isle of Wight, Southampton County Line.
Description: Rt. 619E (Isle of Wight County) – closed due to flooding.

Rt. 619W (Isle of Wight County) at Burdette Road
Sparrow Lane; Stringwood Lane; Route 619E/W (Southampton County); County/City/Town Line: Isle of Wight – Southampton County Line.
Description: Rt. 619W (Isle of Wight County) closed due to flooding.

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