Flooding causes traffic problems in Halifax County

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Published: Apr. 26, 2017 at 10:50 PM EDT
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Major flooding continues to be a problem in Halifax County. The Dan River is still rising after multiple days of rain across Southside. It's not a record high, but it's high enough to do serious damage.

The intersection of 501 and 58 is the busiest intersection in Halifax County and tonight it remains underwater. Engine off or engine on it didn't really matter much Wednesday for drivers who were going a whole lot of no where in a hurry.

"It's my birthday today and I've been at work for 11 hours and now I've got to deal with all of this, it's been rough," Leon Smith of Keysville said.

The Dan River overflowed its banks and then some in South Boston. Long detours forced rush hour off two major highways and onto the back roads causing chaos as far as you could see.

"No it's never been this bad and I'm on my way to work and I'm like 15, 20 minutes late I don't know what time I'm going to get there I still have about 10 more miles to to go," Shelby Bouie of Halifax County said.

Locals say this kind of flooding hasn't happened in more than 20 years.

"We had to bring tractor trailers, people getting off work from the industrial park, it's just made it a long detour, it's made it tough for emergency services to get from point A to point B," Sgt. William Yance of the Halifax County Sheriff's Office said.

The Dan River is expected to crest in the overnight hours. Only time will tell if it goes down as fast as it came up.

"We made the trip yesterday and came through the same intersection with no trouble, the water came up a lot just over night. It should have taken us an hour and 15 minutes to get back to Keysville and we're two and a half hours into it already and we're still at least an hour from home," Dave Forslund of Keysville said.

Halifax County Schools are closed Thursday and detours will be in place until the water goes down so drivers should be prepared.