ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — The Ramada Inn in Downtown Roanoke re-opened its doors on Saturday after dozens of guests had to be evacuated due to flooding earlier in the week.
Owner Sunny Shah says in the hotel’s 28 years of business, they’ve never had to evacuate guests. However, on Thursday, May 21, WFXR reported the floodwaters had managed to reach the front door of the Ramada Inn by early afternoon. Within an hour, Roanoke Police confirmed to WFXR officers were evacuating the hotel after the flooding reached the first floor.
First floor rooms will take some time to clean and replace carpet and furniture, but the second through fourth floors rooms are ready, according to Shah.
“We cleaned all the mud from the parking lot,” Shah says. “Then we focused, with our crew, inside. All the mud that was on this tile floor, it was all pushed out with a pressure washer, and we cleaned the whole thing on Friday morning. It took about eight hours to finish this area.”
The Ramada Inn was sheltering more than 40 homeless people as part of a program with ARCH Services in Roanoke.
In the wake of the flooding, the program participants have been split between the Super 8 and Motel 6 in Roanoke, where ARCH Roanoke says they will remain until the end of June. However, should any additional homeless people join ARCH’s sheltering program, they will be housed at Ramada Inn.
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