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Danville building developer preparing for the worst ahead of possible flooding

DANVILLE, Va. (WFXR News) - Flooding in April of last year in Danville put a building developer's property under two-and-a-half feet of water, now that same developer is bracing for more flooding. 

That developer, Mark Boyer, is taking the possibility of flooding much more seriously than last year when he says he was caught completely off guard. 

Last April's flooding raised the water 25 feet, officials are expecting the water to come up to 28 feet in the coming days. 

Boyer's building is only a few dozen yards from the Dan River and is in a floodplain, so the water pooled up and covered much of the parking lot.

He is one of ten investors in the building and says that many of them are taking turns keeping watch over the building.

Although he's technically getting time to sleep, Boyer says it's not very restful because he's worried about the property.

He said he's glad to have more time to prepare than last year, but that no amount of sandbags, water pumps, moving furniture, or other pre-planning would be able to help them in a worst-case scenario.

"We're protected to about a 23-foot flood stage, they're predicting a 28-foot. So we just throw in the towel at that point. I mean, we can't fight it - it would be too much water when it gets that high," said Boyer. 

The Dan River is already two feet higher than normal.  


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