Mint Creek

Scottsville pumped 83 million gallons of water into James River to prevent flood

After snowfall, rapid melting and rainfall battered the area last month, workers in Scottsville pumped almost 83 million gallons of water out of Mint Creek into the James River in an effort to prevent flooding.

During a 96-hour emergency operational period, 16 different workers manned the Scottsville pump house around the clock. Because snow and rain fell mostly upriver during the storm, it took several days for the water to reach Scottsville.

On Feb. 23, a total of 18 million gallons of water were pumped out of Mint Creek, the next day, the pump station moved 35.5 million of gallons of water. The James River crested just before midnight Feb. 24 at 19.49 feet.

According to a town spokesperson, the operations were pretty routine, but the emergency period was one of the longest in recent years.  

The town has a history with flooding going back to its founding. In 1973, Hurricane Agnes flooded Scottsville. In 1985 the Army Corps of Engineers built a wall around the lowest part of the town, to protect against future floods. The levee and pump station protect the town from the rising water of the James River and Mint Creek.

In September, remnants of Hurricane Florence dumped several inches of rain in Central Virginia, prompting the town to declare a state of emergency and evacuate 30 residents due to flash flooding.

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