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Reservoirs Drained Ahead of Hurricane Florence

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Local reservoirs are being drained to reduce flood risk. Local reservoirs are being drained to reduce flood risk.
Flooding in May caused significant damage across the area. Flooding in May caused significant damage across the area.
ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) -

The Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority is taking precautions ahead of this weekend’s heavy rain and potential flooding.

In May, central Virginia was hit by a significant storm that caused more than 7 feet of water to go over the dam. Now, the RWSA is preparing for Hurricane Florence by releasing some of the water in the reservoir to prevent potential flooding.

Monday, crews began releasing water from the South Rivanna, Sugar Hollow, and Beaver Creek reservoirs. The RWSA warns that Hurricane Florence could bring extreme wind and rainfall.

If water lines break and mix with rain, drinking water could become contaminated. The RWSA said it will not be sending staff out for repairs if conditions are not safe. It recommends being prepared in case.

“We could lose water service,” said executive director of the RWSA Bill Mawyer. “We encourage people to have three days water supply in case power or equipment or water lines get washed out as a results of this storm, so we would ask people to try to be self-reliant for a couple days.”
Mawyer asked that people get prepared and be patient if their service goes down.

The McIntire Recycling Center and the Ivy Material Utilization Center will both be closed from Friday to Sunday. They will reopen for normal business hours on Monday.