Roanoke water rescue saves 18 children & 3 adults at daycare - WSLS 10 NBC in Roanoke/Lynchburg Va

Roanoke water rescue saves 18 children & 3 adults at daycare

Posted: Updated:

In a matter of minutes, 18 children and 3 adults found themselves surrounded by water inside a daycare on Peters Creek Road.

"it was scary to see the water rise so quickly," Rainbow Christian Learning Center owner, Sheila Anderson says.

Sheila Anderson owns the 'Rainbow Christian Learning Center," and describes the heavy down pouring of rain, rising well above the stairs and ramp of the daycare.

She says even before Roanoke Fire-EMS could get to her and the children. They had to save 2 women trapped inside this red car, who couldn't get out.

Then,.water rescue crews started quickly putting the children inside this boat.

"They did an outstanding job," Anderson says. "They responded quickly and so did the staff. They kept the children calm and made sure the children were a priority at all times, "

A neighbor down the road, Steve Jarrell says he watched the water rescues happen. He says he's lived near the daycare for 25 years and this is some of the heaviest flooding he's ever seen.

"You always have a fear when you see kids in danger like that," Steve Jarrell says. "You're afraid they are going to drown , so you have to react as quickly as you can."

Sheila says her and husband are in store for some pricey repairs. The carpets are completely destroyed.and their vans to transport the kids are no longer working. They are turning to the community for any help or donations possible.

Though, they say they are just thankful for the men and women.who made sure all their kids got out safely.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • VA: Man will get warning instead of $525 citation for $.89 drink refill

    VA: Man will get warning instead of $525 citation for $.89 drink refill

    Thursday, April 17 2014 4:43 PM EDT2014-04-17 20:43:50 GMT
    Officials with the VA Medical Center in downtown Charleston say a North Charleston man who was initially federally charged with a $525 fine for an $.89 drink refill will instead be given a warning.
    Officials with the VA Medical Center in downtown Charleston say a North Charleston man who was initially federally charged with a $525 fine for an $.89 drink refill will instead be given a warning.
  • Chelsea Clinton expecting first child this fall

    Chelsea Clinton expecting first child this fall

    Thursday, April 17 2014 7:11 PM EDT2014-04-17 23:11:45 GMT
    Chelsea Clinton says she and her husband are expecting their first child later this year.
    For the Clintons, 2014 is the year of the baby.
  • Sex offender arrested after being found at child day care center

    Sex offender arrested after being found at child day care center

    Thursday, April 17 2014 2:30 PM EDT2014-04-17 18:30:22 GMT
    A man whose record indicates he's a violent sex offender, has been arrested after being found at Shining Star Family Center on Williamson Road.Police say James Marion Floyd the 4th has been charged with being present on the property of a child day care center during business hours, and with two counts of failing to register his address as a violent sex offender. Police arrested him on Tuesday.Shining Star Family Center is a religious-based child care facility that also offers dance lessons an...
    A man whose record indicates he's a violent sex offender, has been arrested after being found at Shining Star Family Center on Williamson Road.Police say James Marion Floyd the 4th has been charged with being present on the property of a child day care center during business hours, and with two counts of failing to register his address as a violent sex offender. Police arrested him on Tuesday.Shining Star Family Center is a religious-based child care facility that also offers dance lessons an...
Powered by WorldNow

WSLS 10, P.O. Box 10
Roanoke, VA 24022-0010

Telephone: 540.981.9110
Fax: 540.343.3157
Email: news@wsls.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.