We've had crews checking on the conditions there all morning long.
As of noon Wednesday, the James River is at 20 feet in Buchanan.
We're expecting more rain throughout the day so that level could change quickly.
When our crews arrived around 4 a.m. on Lowe Street, we were able to park our trucks in a nearby parking lot.
As minutes passed, we had to move quickly.
The James River took no time to flood this entire area and caused the road to shut down.
Some businesses have had to move equipment to higher ground.
"There's a little boat launch right here and when I came down here last night around eight o'clock, the water wasn't even up all the way to the top of the ramp, now it's out in the parking lot. So, God only knows what it's going to do."
Just across the street here, there's another road that's completely under water.
On Tuesday night a road on Route 11 collapsed because of a blocked drain pipe and debris.
Crews were able to repair that road and it is now open.
We talked to the Buchanan Fire Chief on Wednesday, and he says a lot of concerned people have called him asking if they need to evacuate.
The chief says it’s not necessary at this time.
But crews will monitor the river closely and if evacuation is needed, he will put the word out and churches will open for shelter.
Original story from May 7, 2013
Right now in Botetourt County, the James River is 17 feet and rising.
It's been one of the most watched areas today as flooding continues to be a threat to surrounding neighborhoods and businesses.
The grassy area where most come to walk along the river is now almost completely covered and it is making its way up to this parking lot.
Fire officials say they expect the lot to be filled in about two hours.
We were out in other parts of Botetourt County where we saw many streets closed off.
The sheriff's office says it is working with the Virginia Department of Transportation to close any dangerous areas off.
Crews have been busy all day responding to wrecks in the county as well as on Interstate 81.
Some people we spoke to say they plan to stay in for the rest of the night because of all the problems they saw earlier in the day.
"Water was actually shooting off the bank....it was like a cliff,” Matthew Connor, Botetourt County resident, said.
Again, fire officials expect the James River to continue to rise in the next few hours.
We have been keeping an eye on the picnic tables to gauge just how high the water level is getting.
The tables are almost completely covered. There is actually a bench to the right of them that is completely covered.