Nelson Co. flooding remembered, 45 years after Hurricane Camille

Ed Tinsley

Ed Tinsley

Ed Tinsley was a 32-year-old  Virginia State Trooper when the remnants of Hurricane Camille dumped 27 inches of rain on Nelson County, resulting in flooding that swept away whole families. That was August 19, 1969. Tinsley has vivid memories of washed out roads, poor communications and the search for survivors. He says about 125 people were killed, and many of those bodies were never found. The now-retired Tinsley will show pictures of the Nelson County flood and talk about his experiences at the Lynchburg Museum on Court Street Tuesday afternoon at 4 o’clock.

Tinsley talks about his experiences as a first-responder during the flood.

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VT Researcher investigates potential health benefits of cocoa

Prof. Andrew Neilson

Prof. Andrew Neilson

Researchers at Virginia Tech are looking into possible health benefits from compounds found in cocoa. The work has gotten a lot of attention, sometimes for the wrong reason. Andrew Neilson, assistant professor of food science and technology, says this should not be seen as an invitation to eat more chocolate. He says there are healthier ways to get the benefits of cocoa. The story from WFIR’s Jim Kent:

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US 220 re-opens, but another closure is expected this afternoon

Traffic-ReportUS 220 re-open around noon between Clearbrook and Boones Mill, but Roanoke County Police say they’ll have to close it down again for about 20 minutes between 2:00 and 3:00pm to hang new wires across the road. An accident this morning required  a lengthy closure to replace a utility pole.

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VDOT gets ready for winter storm

Winter-Weather-WFIRThe Virginia Department of Transportation Sunday was getting ready for another winter storm.  VDOT’s Salem District said equipment was prepared and employees were ready to mobilize.  VDOT said it will not be pre-treating the roads with brine because the wintry weather is forecast to start as rain, which would wash the brine off the roads.  With the rain expected to turn into a wintry mix, VDOT says roads are likely to become covered with ice and snow.

To the North, VDOT’s Staunton District urged motorists to avoid travel late Sunday and early Monday and to “shelter in place” until the storm passes.

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Fire at the Salem Commons Apartments displaces 41, injures four firefighters

 

Salem-Fire-150x150An apartment fire in Salem Friday afternoon left 41 people homeless and heavily damaged 20 apartments at 1778 Salem Commons Lane.  Four firefighters were injured.  Three received treatment at the scene and the fourth was treated at a hospital and released. 

 

Firefighters arriving about 3:40 p.m. found flames coming through the roof.  Officials say it took a little over an hour to contain the fire.  They were able to contain it to one building, but there was some smoke and water damage to a unit nearby.

 

The Salem Fire Marshal is investigating the cause and there was no immediate dollar estimate on the damages.  The Red Cross is assisting those displaced by the fire.

 

 

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Roanoke City reports progress on snow removal

Roanoke-CityRoanoke officials reported Saturday morning that road crews had plowed and treated 65 percent of the city’s residential streets, but said that streets that had not been plowed were still slippery and dangerous.   The storm dumped 19 inches of snow Wednesday and Thursday.  Friday’s sunshine and warmer temperatures aided those who were still digging out from the storm.

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VT grad competes for top prize in “Doritos Crash the Super Bowl” competition

Raj Suri

Raj Suri

Raj Suri has a computer science degree from Virginia Tech, but it’s his work as a producer and co-writer of a Doritos commercial that has put his team in the running for $1 million prize. The commercial called “Time Machine” is one of five finalists for a Doritos spot to air during the Super Bowl.

Suri says they spent just $300 dollars making the commercial, and he calls his team “the underdog” to win the prize. The top winner is decided by on-line voting, and Suri is urging people to use their social networks to get the word out. View the commercial here.

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VDOT starts laying down the brine

Winter-Weather-WFIRWith snow in the forecast tomorrow, highway crews are taking advange of today’s sunny weather. The story from Jim Kent.

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Roanoke police seek robbery suspect

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Police Photo

Roanoke police say they’re looking for the man who held up the Lafayette Express store on Lafayette Boulevard, NW.  It happened Monday evening shortly after 7:30.  Police say the suspect took money from the store and several items from the clerk. Nobody was hurt. Read the rest of this story »

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Three escape injury in Chapman Avenue housefire

Three people escaped from a house fire in the 1200 block of Chapman Avenue early Sunday morning.  Roanoke Fire-EMS spokesperson Tiffany Bradbury says crews responded to the fire at about 3:45 a.m. and had it under control by 4:44 a.m.  Crews found “heavy fire showing” when they arrived, and they said three people inside the house had already escaped the flames.  The fire also damaged a neighboring house.  Damages are estimated at $98,000.  The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

The Red Cross says it is providing financial assistance for meals, clothing and lodging for a family of two.  The Red Cross says a man living in a separate unit in the house declined assistance.

 

 

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