Roanoke hammered by heavy rain - WSLS 10 NBC in Roanoke/Lynchburg Va

Roanoke hammered by heavy rain

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11: 49 p.m.

VDOT says the ramps on I-581 have re-opened.

11:33 p.m.

Roanoke Police have re-opened Williamson Road.


11:28 p.m.

Williamson Road flooding has receded.  The road is still closed near the Hotel Roanoke, and the off ramp from I-581 to Williamson Rd. is still closed.

Roanoke Police have re-opened Gainsboro Road, since flood waters receded.


10:12 update:

Latest list of Roanoke City Road closings (as of 9:45)


Huntington Blvd. between Bohon and Oliver
Kimball between 4th and Rutherford
700 Williamson Road
Williamson Road and Wells Avenue
Eastbound Williamson Road between Kimball and Hollins
Vale and Kermit
13th Street and Eastern
Baldwin and Light
Walker Avenue behind the Civic Center
Eastbound Orange between Hollins Road and Plantation Road (down to
one lane)


10th between Grayson and Andrews
3700 Cove Road NW
Lick-Run Greenway entrance - closed at 10th Street and Andrews
(greenway bridge has been washed away)


Wise Avenue at Indian Village (low water bridge)

There are several intersections where the traffic signals are on
flash. Citizens should use caution at these intersections.

Several greenway entrances are closed and parts of the greenway
system are underwater.

Also citizens should be mindful that there may be debris in the form
of gravel, small branches, or other items in the roadways as a result
of the flood. Citizens are asked to exercise caution and be vigilant.

7:00 update:

Roanoke Fire and EMS crews say they responded to 21 swift water rescue calls between 3:30pm and 5:44pm today.

6:46 update:

From Roanoke City: Please avoid orange ave near 581/orange ave intersection due to high water. Heavy congestion and multiple detours.

5:31 update: Flood Reports:

SE Radford [Montgomery Co, VA] nws employee reports FLOOD at 05:05 PM EDT -- water flowing across tyler road just south of the new river valley hospital. urban and small stream flooding.

NW Dublin [Pulaski Co, VA] 911 call center reports FLASH FLOOD at 05:15 PM EDT -- water flowing over little creek road and invading the basement of a home. little creek road closed. event started earlier.

5:12 update: List of road closings from Roanoke City Police:

1100 Forest Park Boulevard
1200 Prillaman Avenue
1400 Williamson Road - North bound lanes
2700 Melrose Avenue
3800 Hershberger Road
5100 block of Williamson Road
Appleton Avenue and Fairhope Road – Sink hole
Cove Road and Hershberger Road
Ferncliff Avenue and Hershberger Road
Hanover Avenue and 20th Street
Huff Lane and Ravenwood Avenue
Lafayette Boulevard and Melrose Avenue
Orange Avenue and Plantation Road
Plantation Road and Preston Avenue
Peters Creek Road from Melrose Avenue to Cove Road
Shaffers Crossing on Boulevard Street

4:41 Update:

From Jenna Zibton at Valley View Mall: Cars started floating today at Valley view Mall after heavy rains. We're told the maintenance shop at the mall also flooded but no damage was reported.

Water started coming in from the district parking lot at Barnes & Noble and JCPenney. The general manager of the mall Louise Dudley has been here since 1996 and says she's never seen the mall flood like this before.

When we got to the scene there were two cars stuck in the water.

Eyewitnesses tell us an elderly man and a woman were stuck in a gold car and a woman and her kids were stuck in a white car that floated.

Earlier post:

Several roads in Northwest Roanoke are closed after heavy rains dropped several inches of water in an hour.

Swift water rescue crews are responding to calls from motorists who attempted to drive on flooded roadways. Police urge people not to drive on flooded roads.

Roanoke City posted the following:

With heavy rains occurring today, citizens are asked to avoid driving in the following areas which are experiencing flooding:

• Orange Avenue
• Hollins Road
• Plantation Road
• Williamson Road, north of Chatham Street
• Cover Road
• Hershberger Road
• Northwest, Melrose Corridor

Residents are reminded to never drive into flooded areas or try to walk, swim, or drive through water in streets. If you come upon flood waters, stop, turn around, and go another way. Citizens are encouraged to stay off the streets and avoid driving when flooding has occurred, unless absolutely necessary.

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