UPDATE: Roanoke Valley, central Virginia swift water team members deployed to Buchanan County for flood response

Roanoke Valley News

UPDATE 7:53 a.m. (8/31/21): First responders from around central and southwest Virginia are geared up to help out with swift water and water rescue efforts in Hurley as the area experiences some serious flooding.

The Lynchburg Fire Department says the department’s Technical Rescue Team (Virginia Division 3 Technical Rescue Team) had been deployed on Monday, Aug. 30 at the request of the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) to help with water rescue efforts and flash flooding in southwest Virginia.

“While there is currently no time frame for the return of the fire department team, the public should know that the fire department resources and response locally will not be affected during this time,” the Lynchburg Fire Department wrote on Facebook.

Members of the Bedford County Special Operations Command announced just before 1 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 31 that members of their team and personnel from Lynchburg had arrived in Grundy and were preparing to get to work that morning in Hurley.

This Bedford County emergency response agency says they deployed a water rescue cache as part of a commitment with the VDEM.


HURLEY, Va. (WFXR) — First responders from across the Roanoke Valley are deploying to Buchanan County as part of a swift water team Monday afternoon because of active flooding.

Fire officials say the Virginia Department of Emergency Management Region 6 Swift Water Team — which includes personnel from Roanoke Fire-EMS, the Roanoke County Fire and Rescue Department, the Salem Fire and EMS Department, and the Franklin County Department of Public Safety — is heading to Hurley to help with flooding in the area.

However, according to Roanoke County Fire and Rescue, this flooding is not related to Tropical Storm Ida.

For breaking news delivered to you, subscribe to WFXR’s breaking news email list

Get breaking news, weather, and sports delivered to your smartphone with the WFXR News app available on Apple and Android.

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Media Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Latest News

More News

News Tip Form