Roanoke County residents prepare for potential flooding

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ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Neighbors in Roanoke County are preparing for potential flooding by taking precautions in their homes.

Kelly Cory, a mother of five in Salem, lives in a flood zone. She said last time it rained a lot, her basement flooded.

Cory explained, “We didn’t have time because once it started leaking in, by that night it was seven or eight inches of water.”

Since then, she has made sure most items in the basement are elevated.

She continued, “There’s certain things I won’t put down here just in case.”

Collector’s Lair is located right off of Bennington Street in Southeast Roanoke and is known to be a prevalent flood zone in Roanoke.

Eddie Neice, Jr., who works at the Lair stated, “It seems like every time it rains for a couple of days, the river gets all the way up to the walkway.”

Last time it rained heavily Eddie Neice, Jr. said the store’s parking lot flooding completely, “It was like a little island, it was water all around us.”

As a collectors’ store, many goods are irreplaceable, so flooding is a real danger.

Niece continued, “It would be probably catastrophic, you know what I mean? Like the stuff that’s on the floor and stuff, usually, we have to come in and pick it all up, and sandbag what we can when it gets up close and stuff.”

Roanoke City Emergency Management official, Kristen Perdue. said in May they had five water rescues from vehicles, “Do not drive around barricades and do not drive through water. A lot of times we might not have those barricades up yet. If you see water on the road, turn around don’t drown.”

Perdue said having a safety route planned out of your home is also imperative, along with a go-kit. In that kit, you should have a zip-lock bag for important documents, food, clothes, and water.

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