The flooding happened in what tenants of Tech Terrace in Blacksburg say was only a matter of minutes.
William Long, a Virginia Tech Student says before they knew it, their downstairs apartment was filling up with water.
"The torrential downpour happened so fast, it flooded our apartment and we had to build a barricade to keep it from coming in," Long said.
The living room of his apartment is still damp. He and his roommates are drying their carpet with box fans and have their furniture stacked up on top of each other to keep out the moisture.
Several other apartments at Tech Terrace flooded as well. Tenants say that their leasing management was quick to respond, and has blocked entrances with sandbags to prevent further flooding.