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Heavy Rain, Flooding Expected in Fredericksburg Region

By Susan Larson. Photo from the Stafford Sheriff’s Office.

A powerful low pressure system will bring periods of heavy rain to the Fredericksburg region into Friday morning, Sept. 30, 2016, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).

Rainfall in amounts of 4 to 8 inches is expected, with localized amounts of up to one foot possible. The NWS has issued a flood watch for the Rappahannock River from Remington into Fredericksburg. A flash flood watch has also been issued for the region.

“The next few days will be a dangerous time, requiring more than the usual awareness, planning and precautions,” the NWS said. The following precautionary actions are advised:

– Keep an eye on streams and drainage ditches, and be ready to seek higher ground. Water may rise rapidly.

– Clear out storm drains.

– Communities and buildings prone to basement flooding should be prepared.

– Continue to check for weather updates.

– Ensure your children don’t play near flood waters.

– If you come across water crossing a road, turn around, don’t drown.

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