Flash flooding fears prompt Carroll County shelter relocation

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A Red Cross shelter in Carroll County was moved to a separate location out of fear of flash flooding. It is now at Hillsville Pentacostal Holiness Church, since the old location – the VFW building – is in a floodplain.

The shift in location may actually be a blessing in disguise – aside from its large size and good lighting, it’s got a fully equipped kitchen.

Staff say that they are surprised that the building hasn’t been needed yet, as Carroll County is one of a growing number of areas to declare a local state of emergency.

Carroll County Emergency Services Director Everett Lineberry says that, unlike last April’s flooding, Hurricane Florence came with many days of forewarning which gives time to set up sandbags and reroute traffic.

He adds that, although the weather has been much drier than any emergency services staff expected, he’s glad to err on the side of caution.

“So far we’ve been pretty lucky. We’ve gotten a lot of rain, we’ve not had any reports of flash flooding. There have been a couple of trees down, but nothing extraordinary,” he said.

Recent forecasts say that Florence will bring wind and rain to southwestern Virginia on Monday and Tuesday, but Red Cross staff hope the gymnasium’s silence continues for as long as possible.

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