SCOTTSVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- On Sunday, Scottsville Volunteer Fire Rescue was alerted through its alarm system that water in the James River had reached 14 feet. 

Members dropped the gate that blocks the James River, stopping flow into Mink Creek. Then they pumped water out of Mink Creek back into the James River. Water levels rose to 17.38 feet by 1:30 p.m.

The Scottsville Fire Department says water quickly receded afterward. 

After 12 hours of working, the fire department pumped 10 million gallons of water.