About 60 structures in Roanoke evacuated due to flooding concerns

Spring Valley Dam is in danger of failing

ROANOKE, Va. – Sixty structures in Roanoke have been evacuated, according to emergency personnel.

Roanoke City officials say that the Spring Valley Dam located near Lake Drive is in danger of failing, which would cause flooding in the area surrounding the dam.

Spring Lake Dam

Residents in the following areas are being asked to evacuate: 3600 block of Cravens Creek Rd., SW, 4000 block of Cravens Creek Rd., 4000 block of Lake Dr. SW, 1400 block of Deyerle Rd., 4000-4100 block of Brandon Ave. SW

About 13 homes are being evacuated due to a possible failure of the Spring Valley Dam. (Google Maps)

About 13 homes are impacted by this evacuation. According to city officials, residents are being notified via Reverse E-911 calls. Roanoke Fire & EMS, as well as the Roanoke Police Department are going door to door to get residents to safety.

Here are the steps they are asking you follow, if you are in this affected area:

  1. Evacuate now and go to higher ground outside the flood plain.
  2. Gather supplies and leave immediately. Determine you and your family’s specific needs such as medication, baby items, etc. Don’t forget the needs of pets. Obtain extra batteries and charging devices for phones and other critical equipment.
  3. Keep important documents in a waterproof container and take them with you.
  4. Do not walk, swim or drive through flood waters. Turn Around, Don’t Drown.

For more information on flood preparation, visit this site.

About the Author:

Meteorologist Chris Michaels is an American Meteorological Society (AMS) Certified Broadcaster, forecasting weather conditions in southwest Virginia on WSLS 10 News from 5 a.m. to 7 a.m. weekdays on Virginia Today.