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Residents of Roanoke's Meadowbrook dealing with flooding for second time in two weeks

By Nadine Maeser, nmaeser@wdbj7.com
Published On: Jul 11 2013 12:04:32 PM EDT
Updated On: Jul 11 2013 04:32:34 PM EDT

For the second time in two weeks people in northewest Roanoke are dealing with flooded homes and many of them forced to evacuate their homes.

ROANOKE, Va. -

Homeowners are now left trying to pick up the pieces after Wednesday’s rainfall.

For the second time in two weeks homes in Roanoke’s Meadowbrook area are seeing feet of water, and have been forced to leave.

Joel and Elicia Kirby came home on Wednesday to about six feet of water in their basement.

"It's the worst I've ever seen,” said Joel. “I never could have imagined any amount of water being this bad."

The Kirby’s said the water is murky and unsanitary and is the same kind of flood water they saw just last week when Mother Nature struck again.

Now, they’re without a home.

"Nobody will come work on the house because they don't know how sound the structure is and nobody can find out how sound it is until the water is gone," he said.

But the Kirby's are not alone.

Just 24 hours after the rain, pumps were working overtime as personal belongings were thrown to the street.

The conditions were so bad that Roanoke City Council Member Sherman Lea visited to let the families know help is on the way.

"You've got a whole town affected by this,” said Joel Kirby to Lea.

“But this is in my neighborhood,” said Lea. “So we will get to work on this and stay encouraged and we need to get that water out of there right now."

It may have been a quick storm, but the cleanup will be long and one the Kirby's will never forget.

"It's just a shock,” said Kirby. “No one ever expected this to happen. We've had heavy rains, and we've had water and trickle issues to mop up before but no, people's homes and lives are completely change by this so everything happens for a reason so we will wait to see what that is."

Insurance adjustors spent much of the day in the Meadowbrook neighborhood as the rain not only damaged homes but cars as well.