Archives for June 2016

Shooting in Roanoke

Two people were shot in Roanoke city yesterday afternoon. The shooting happened in the 2400 block of Orange Avenue, according to Scott Leamon with the Roanoke City Police Department. Both people had to be taken to the hospital.

Need supplies at Civic center

Volunteers in West Virginia are asking for supplies to be brought to the White Sulphur Springs Civic Center. The civic center is on Tessel Street. They are filling trucks with bottled water, and are also in need of toiletries of any kind, diapers and bleach. They’re also collecting food for flood victims. Once donations are brought to the Civic Center flood victims can pick them them up. Volunteers are also handing out donations in affected area

Teachers helping flood victims

Help comes in many forms in White Sulphur Springs. Despite the fact that Alleghany County suffered severe flooding last week Jennifer Stacy Taylor has been a huge help. WDBJ7 says She brought friends and family, mostly teachers who are off for the summer, from Alleghany County to bring some comfort to her hometown. She’s been walking around with supplies for three days. “Simply put, I’m running on love,” says Taylor. Her home was destroyed in the flood and company like this is a good distraction.

Traffic alert

Pavement testing expected to take place tonight in Rockbridge County has been postponed due to weather. The new schedule is 8 p.m. tonight until 7 a.m. Wednesday morning. The testing requires mobile left-lane closures on northbound Interstate 81 from mile marker 185 to 195. This work also requires a short detour for eastbound I-64 traffic near Lexington. Signs and variable message boards will direct motorists on the detour route.

Fatal crash

Virginia State Police J.S. Martin is investigating a fatal two-vehicle crash in Augusta County. The crash occurred early yesterday morning, on Interstate 81 near the 215 mile marker.
A 2016 Toyota Tundra was traveling south in the northbound lanes of I-81 when it struck head-on a northbound 2011 Volkswagen. The driver of the VW, Gina Hoang, 59, of Christiansburg, Va., died at the scene. She was wearing a seatbelt. The driver of the Toyota, Christopher S. Diehl, was not injured in the crash. He has been charged with DUI and aggravated involuntary manslaughter.

Greenbrier Classic cancelled

The Greenbrier Classic scheduled for July 7th-10th has been cancelled due to flooding in West Virginia. Greenbrier County was one of the hardest hit areas when storms rolled through the region this week. Officials said the Old White TPC course was damaged beyond reasonable repair to conduct the tournament. The Greenbrier Classic started back in 2010 through a six year agreement with the resort. Two years later, The Greenbrier signed an extension to host the tournament through 2021.

Donated supplies

Saturday it was all hands on deck at the Lewisburg Church of Christ. Dozens of volunteers gathered to distribute hundreds of goods to those effected by the severe floods. One by one volunteers loaded up people’s cars with essentials such as personal hygiene products, cleaning supplies, clothing and goods for infants. In addition to those items families also received what’s called a family food box which consisted of dry food, and eating utensils.
Most of the supplies donated were made possible through the Church of Christ Disaster relief. The organization ended up supplying more than 300 boxes enough to fill up a 52-foot tractor trailer.

National Guard Called in

Many areas in Alleghany County are severely damaged and are requiring help from outside agencies after Thursday’s storm. The Virginia National Guard arrived to help areas recover from tons of storm damage. The damage is unimaginable. Dunlap Creek, Callaghan, the Jackson are some of the hardest hit areas. Several homes are almost washed away and roads are underwater. Alleghany County and surrounding agencies have been working around the clock.

Clean up continues

Emergency officials say it will be another day or two before all the power comes back on after Thursday night’s floods. WDBJ7 reported that Jeff Morris was canoeing around his house. Saturday, the canoe sits in mud, along with most everything he owns. “I threw a family bible away yesterday,” he said. “So you see stuff like that.” The mud is measured in inches here, as Morris’ family and friends help him clean up throughout the house.
The Red Cross set up shop at the nearby elementary school.

Severe flooding2

As stronger storms are moving out of our region, the Jackson River in Covington is approaching dangerous record levels.
Evacuations have been ongoing in low lying areas and parts of downtown Covington.
Several roads around Covington and Alleghany County have been blocked due to high water.
Crews conducted a swift water rescue at Midland Trail and Callahan Circle in Alleghany County.
Many people say this is something they’ve never seen before.
Tiffany Doyle, who lives in Alleghany County, said it’s beyond scary. The hectic scene included rescue squads, fire trucks and the Walmart parking lot is completely flooded.
We are not aware at this time of any major injuries or fatalities reported locally, but the Shelters have been opened at the Covington Recreation Center, Jeter-Watson Intermediate School, and the Alleghany County Government Center.
The shelters are expecting up to 50 people.
Swiftwater Rescue teams are still active in Virginia and West Virginia.