Roanoke City officials say they are exploring more options in efforts to complete the Roanoke River Greenway through the city. At issue is the proposed section that would run alongside Walker Foundry, where company officials say greenway construction would threaten an existing environmental permit that allows the firm to operate. Options now on the table include building a wall alongside that portion of the greenway, or even covering it. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the latest.
The region can now begin drying out after a week and a half of almost steady rains — with some astonishing totals of up to 24 inches. The National Weather Service is reporting rainfall amounts for the 11-day period through yesterday, and they include:
Roanoke Airport: 7.89″
Cave Spring: 13.26″
Rocky Mount: 12.55″
Mabry Mill, Floyd County: 24.11″
(Continue reading to see the full list of rainfall totals)
A Flash Flood Watch is now in effect through Saturday evening, and now, a High Wind Watch is also scheduled to take effect Friday evening and continue through Sunday morning. A watch means a potential exists for severe weather; it is different from a warning, which means a severe condition is either imminent or occurring. The High Wind Watch is in effect because expected speeds may be enough to uproot trees in ground already saturated.
A Bedford County area woman is charged with fatally shooting her brother early today, the apparent result of an lengthy late-night dispute in the Chamblissburg area. The Sheriff’s office says 54-year-old Vicki Clarke faces a second degree murder charge. Deputies say her brother, 55-year-old Paul Thomas, was dead when they arrived around 2:00 am. The sheriff’s office says the victim had twice damaged Vicki Clarke’s private road in the hours immediately before, once in a car, the second time in a tractor.
(Continue reading for the full Bedford County Sheriff’s Office news release.)
The National Weather Service in Blacksburg has issued a Flood Warning until 1:30 pm for an area stretching from Shawsville in southwest Roanoke County to the City of Radford. Other impacted areas include Blacksburg, Christiansburg and Pilot. The Weather Service says Doppler radar indicated heavy rain that will cause flooding; up to three inches of rain have already fallen since 8:00 pm Monday. Excessive runoff from heavy rainfall will cause flooding of small creeks and streams, highways and underpasses in urban areas. Additionally, country roads and farmlands along the banks of creeks, streams and other low lying areas are subject to flooding. Do not drive your vehicle into areas where the water covers the roadway; the water depth may be too great to allow your car to cross safely. Move to higher ground.
An earlier flood warning covered parts of Franklin, Floyd and Patrick Counties, including Floyd, Copper Hill and Ferrum.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ An aide to Virginia Republican state Sen. Mark Obenshain says Obenshain will not be running for governor in 2017. Nick Collette, a political director for Obenshain, said Monday that his boss has made a decision not to run for statewide office in 2017. Obenshain narrowly lost the state attorney general election in 2013 and was widely viewed as a possible GOP gubernatorial candidate. Collette said Obenshain had made the decision not to run for personal reasons. Other potential GOP candidates for governor include former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie, U.S. Rep. Rob Wittman and former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli.
Local TV reporter gets protective order against man who yelled “You’re dead” at him near Smith Mountain Lake
A local TV reporter sought a protective order — and he got it — against a Franklin County man who told him “You’re dead” not far from the spot where Alison Parker and Adam Ward were fatally shot during a live broadcast. It happened earlier this month as WSLS10’s Duke Carter was covering a fund-raising event near Smith Mountain Lake — an event for Vicki Gardner, who survived the televised shootings. The Roanoke Times reports Carter told a judge yesterday that 28-year-old Donald Visel yelled at him from a nearby truck: “You’re dead” and then made a shooting motion with his hands directly at Carter. Carter told the judge he was frozen in fear, coming as this did shortly after the Smith Mountain Lake shootings not far away. He asked for a protective order that would keep Visel away from him, and the Times reports the judge granted one. Visel must avoid contact with the reporter for two years, and he cannot own a gun during that time. Visel has not been criminally charged in the case.