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Little Creek neighbors get swamped by floods

By Orlando Salinas, osalinas@wdbj7.com
Published On: Jul 10 2013 10:08:06 PM EDT
Updated On: Jul 11 2013 12:39:38 AM EDT

WDBJ7's Orlando Salinas spent time in the Little Creek area around Dublin in Pulaski County.

PULASKI CO., Va. -

Sometimes we get our marching orders from the boss. That's what happened Wednesday.

We got a call that there was some serious flooding in the community of Little Creek, so that's where we went.

Rodney Rorrer took us on a fast but soggy tour of his basement in Little Creek in Pulaski County. Rorrer paused as he stood in his black rubber boots in shin-high water.

''At least 5 inches of water and everything in here is a total loss. The water came down so fast you took a bucket of water dumped it over someone and just kept on dumping and dumping," Rorrer said.

Crews from the Dublin Fire Department were pumping out as many basements as they could, as fast as they could.

Ronnie McClure has spent decades on the force. His guys were dragging fire hoses from spot to spot.

"They just got a gully washer' said McClure, 'and their basement flooded real quick."

About a half mile down the road, the water is pouring over what folks here call the low water bridge. It's the only link between families on the other side. When it floods bad enough, they're forced to walk over a swinging bridge.

One woman said, "Every time it floods like this that bridge is gone, so the families that live on this side of the creek this is the only entrance and exit to their homes.''

I saw Harold Kirk standing on his porch. His front yard's a mess and that little creek was getting closer, "Well I'm just wondering if we get any more I might get washed away," Kirk said.

But maybe the hardest working women were Evelyn Ruggeri and her daughter in law, Scraping and tossing as much gravel and stone before it got washed away.

In between tosses, Ruggeri said,''Never seen it like this not all this water and its continuing to rain more. And it's washing out everywhere."