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Roads in Roanoke re-open, emergency responders on standby

By Web Staff, news@wdbj7.com
Published On: Jul 10 2013 03:59:00 PM EDT
Updated On: Jul 11 2013 06:52:07 AM EDT

Nadia Singh reports on flash flooding easing off in Roanoke

ROANOKE, Va. -

Williamson Road and the exit ramp from southbound Interstate 581 to Orange Avenue have reopened after being closed for several hours on Wednesday due to heavy rains and flooding.

Emergency responders continue to be on standby as they await the next line of storms.

Traffic is moving in both directions on Williamson Road.

The threat with the next line of storms is gusty winds and possible trees falling since the ground is already saturated.

We will continue to monitor storms and road conditions and post updates as they are made available.

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9:50 p.m. Wednesday: Roanoke Fire-EMS responded to 21 swift water rescue calls in a little more than two hours on Wednesday afternoon.

All 21 calls came in between 3:30 p.m. and 5:44 p.m., according to Roanoke Fire-EMS.

Right now, three swift water teams and tree crews are on standby because wind is expected with the next line of storms.

In one rescue earlier Wednesday, a woman was stuck in a car for at least 30 minutes. The rescue happened at the intersection of Peter’s Creek Road and Hershberger Road.
Crews had to use rafts to rescue her.

Additionally, crews evacuated the nearby Rainbow Christian Daycare Center. Click here to see video of the daycare rescue.

The water outside of the daycare was shallow enough where rescuers could walk rescue boats through the water. The children inside were taken out in boats. There was water inside of the building.

There was also a water rescue at the intersection of Melrose Avenue and Peters Creek Road in Roanoke. Rescuers saved one woman and two small children from the water.

In another incident, a car lost control while driving down Ferncliff Avenue and crashed into the Schewels furniture store.

Emergency responders arrived on the scene. It appears like one person was hurt in the crash, but it didn't appear to be serious.

Further down the road on Ferncliff Avenue, Leon Bailey’s car stalled in the high water. As he walked back to his apartment, he caught a fawn being washed away in the water. The fawn was seemed shaken, but Bailey said it was OK.

Click here to see more flooding photos.