Chesterfield Emergency Operations Center
Aug. 16, 2020
CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA — An evacuation order for residents living downstream from Falling Creek has been lifted. Residents affected by the Saturday evening evacuation order are free to return to their homes, as water levels at the Falling Creek dam have decreased Sunday morning.
Out of an abundance of caution, more than 150 residences in several neighborhoods near Falling Creek dam were evacuated Saturday evening.
Despite a forecast for less rain, several roads and intersections across the county remain closed. Residents and businesses are urged to plan their travel, if necessary, across the county, and to adhere to all road closures and barriers put in place by law enforcement and transportation officials.
Floodwaters carry swift currents with lots of debris and wildlife, therefore county emergency rescue crews are warning residents not to swim, kayak or boat in county lakes, ponds, creeks and rivers until water levels return to a safe and normal level.
Chesterfield County Administrator Dr. Joe Casey issued a local emergency declaration Saturday after portions of the county received more than 7 inches of rainfall in less than a 24-hour period. The emergency declaration allows for the immediate activation of the county’s Emergency Operations Center, along with the deployment of employees and resources to address and monitor weather conditions, the status of our infrastructure, and take additional safeguards to protect people and property, if necessary.