UPDATE: Roanoke Valley, Bedford County first responders return from Buchanan County after helping with flood response

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UPDATE 6:35 p.m.: More local first responders are returning after they were called to help with the search and rescue operations in Hurley this week.

Technical rescue swimmers from the Forest Volunteer Fire Department are on their way back after they were deployed on Monday, Aug. 30. The team worked with other units to help with the evacuation efforts after severe flooding in the area.

The Bedford County Special Operations team will also be returning to Bedford County Tuesday, Aug. 31. The team was part of the several departments and agencies that headed to Hurley to help with the assistance of evacuation efforts in the severely flooded areas.


ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Roanoke Valley first responders involved in the Virginia Department of Emergency Management’s Region 6 Swift Water Team are heading home from Buchanan County after helping with search and rescue operations amid serious flooding in the area.

According to Roanoke Fire-EMS, crews assisted in numerous rescues where community members could not safely escape their homes.

After an evaluation of further needs in the area, fire officials say the team — which also includes members of the Roanoke County Fire and Rescue Department, the Salem Fire and EMS Department, and the Franklin County Department of Public Safety — has been demobilized and will be returning to the Roanoke Valley on Tuesday, Aug. 31.

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