On 9/22, we received a report from Skipper Richard Ross that the AICW south of Great Bridge Lock is closed due to high water at the bridges below Great Bridge. The Dismal Swamp Canal is closed at Deep Creek Lock, also due to high water.
If you are in Norfolk, STAY THERE!
Details will be added as reported:
8:00AM 9/23 Atlantic Yacht Basin’s face dock is full. They do have some slip space but with no power. Atlantic Yacht Basin, A SALTY SOUTH EAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, is just south of the Great Bridge Lock.
For conditions in the Dismal Swamp Canal, see http://cruisersnet.net/159775
Just spoke with the Lock Tender at Great Bridge Lock who confirms that, even though Great Bridge Lock is still operating, there is virtually no place south for boats to go and boats may not tie up in the lock itself.
The holdup problem lies with North Landing Swing Bridge (Mile 20.2 closed vertical clearance of 3ft) south of Great Bridge where at least a foot of water must go down before the electrical circuits can begin to dry out. AND, it is still raining! Almost all docks immediately south of Great Bridge have been taken and the small free dock on your port side going south is under water.
Water at Deep Creek Lock is and the canal was three to four feet above normal and water is still coming over the lock gate. Obviously the lock is inoperable and it will be sometime before the water level drops.
NO ESTIMATE IS BEING MADE AS TO WHEN OPERATIONS WILL RETURN TO NORMAL AT EITHER LOCK.
IF YOU ARE STILL IN NORFOLK, STAY THERE!!