Botetourt County begins cleaning up after flooding - WSLS 10 NBC in Roanoke/Lynchburg Va

Botetourt County begins cleaning up after flooding

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Heavy rain brought flooded roads and rising waters to the town of Buchanan the last few days. Jackie Harbaugh says she will sleep well tonight, knowing the James River is finally going down.  

"I live on Lowe Street. We kept going out on the deck to peak at the river, and thank god the water  didn't come that way," says Harbaugh. 

Folks made their way to the river to look for signs things were getting back to normal. Water no longer lapped on the gazebo and you could see grass along the banks. 

"We always watch the side of that tree to see if you can see that sign," says Harbaugh. 

For fire Chief John Manspile, he hopes to get back to his normal routine.  

"It is a sigh of relief for me and the guys too. Maybe they will get a good night's sleep and not have to be out so much, and we can go back to the normal routine of running normal calls," says Manspile. 

It was a tough 24 hours for the all-volunteer department. Besides dealing with flooded roads and clearing trees, some stayed up most of the night after part of route 11 collapsed because of the flood waters. Manspile was one of them. 

"There were concerns for me as Chief to be able to get units on that side of town," says Manspile.    

Working together with other agencies to answer calls, Buchanan was able to weather storm, and rise above any damage that crossed their path.


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