On the way to work this morning, I stopped to get some quick snapshots of the Roanoke River. I really wanted to take pictures from the same angle that I did this spring. At that time I was looking up river to the north from the spot near where the river goes under Route 419 (Electric Road) in this Google map.
Unfortunately the water had come up so much that I couldn't get out beyond the trees to get a shot back up river like I did in my post, "The River does run through us."
The bank was under water where I stood this spring to take the pictures of the Apperson Bridge over the river near the Sheetz on Route 419 so these are the best I could do.
As I reported yesterday, Boone's Mill had received 11 inches of rain by 11 pm last night. According to my friend Sean, they got another 2 inches overnight and it's raining heavily this morning.
According to the Weather Underground link to the weather radar, there is still plenty of moisture streaming towards us.
WSLS has an article "Flood watch continues in Roanoke Valley, other areas," that indicates the Roanoke River is already 1.2 feet over flood stage and is expected to go up another couple feet. Of course as they say in the article if we get more rain, it could get worse.
Actually it has hardly stopped raining this morning so I suspect the pictures this evening might even be more impressive than the ones I got this morning. I just hope that I don't have to go home and try to clean gutters in the rain again.
Maybe things will dry out enough so that I can have a picnic by the river. Actually that's probably not going to happen since the rushing flood waters in addition to bringing lots of water also creates a rather earthy smelling wind for nearby areas.