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Crews responded to multiple water rescues as flash flooding hit Roanoke

None of the victims were injured

An evening of fast and heavy rain led to flash flooding in Roanoke.

ROANOKE, Va. – Roanoke Fire-EMS units responded to multiple water rescues across the city as torrential rains fall Thursday night.

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for Roanoke City and Vinton that expired at 10:30 p.m.

The fire department urged people to stay home if they do not need to be out.

Around 9:20 p.m., Trevor Shannon, the Roanoke Fire-EMS emergency management coordinator, held a news conference regarding the rescues.

Shannon said the department received about five calls for water rescues with multiple of those calls overlapping.

Two cars and five people were assisted out by water teams while the other three cars were able to get out of their cars themselves.

Officials said there are no injuries.

Several streets in downtown Roanoke closed due to flash flooding.


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Nicole Del Rosario joined WSLS 10 in August 2020.