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After successful daycare rescue in Roanoke, time to clean up

Published On: Jul 11 2013 04:02:57 PM EDT   Updated On: Jul 11 2013 05:34:56 PM EDT

Yesterday's flash flooding damaged their building off Peters Creek Road.


The owners of a Roanoke daycare are figuring out if they will be able to rebuild.

Wednesday's flash flooding damaged their building off Peters Creek Road.

Of all the flood footage we captured yesterday, the video most watched on was the rescue of the children here at Rainbow Christian Daycare.

Now the owners are just trying to stay afloat.

"It started raining. Coming down so hard. Within minutes, Peters Creek was flooded and we didn't even have time to get the children out," said Sheila Anderson, who owns the daycare with her husband, John.

The original plan when the rain began was to have the kids stay in the building when the water rose.

"They were safer inside anyways," Sheila said.

But when the water kept rising, the daycare had no choice.  Swiftwater rescue crews were called, the kids loaded up and taken to safety.

"They were fine," Sheila Anderson said.

"They enjoyed the boat ride," John added.

A day later, the Andersons are in cleanup mode.

But when the insurance adjuster visited the daycare earlier today, the news wasn't good, they need a lot of money to re-open.

"Right now, we're just trying to clean up and like I said assess everything, put this puzzle back together and rebuild," Sheila Johnson added.

The plan is to re-build, the hope is to re-open. Water won't wash away their resolve.

Sheila Anderson was fighting back tears when she spoke with WDBJ7 after her conversation with the insurance adjuster.

The one thing she kept saying over and over again; at least no one was hurt.