By NEESEY PAYNE
The rapid rising of the New River caused the flooding of over 100 vehicles in Lot Z, located between the Dedmon Center and New River, yesterday morning at Radford University.
According to a press release, the university began notifying students in residence halls Wednesday night at 10 p.m. – alerting them to move their vehicles due to the potential of flooding in the area.
Although the university’s policy is to take action when rising waters reach 12 feet above normal, “Resident directors and assistants used the buildings’ public address systems and went door to door to advise students of the situation, and continued to do so through the night,” said the release.
By 11 p.m., the river had risen four feet above normal level. At 12:30 a.m. Thursday, water from Claytor Lake Dam was released into the river. By 3:30 a.m., the rapid waters caused the river to rise over nine feet in less than one hour.
Campus-wide alerts were sent out at 5:15 a.m. insisting students remover their vehicles as water began entering Lot Z, a parking lot designated for resident students.
At 7:30 a.m., another campus-wide alert was sent to students, alerting those who park in Lot FF to remove their vehicles due to the possibility of flooding.
According to Deanne Estrada, university relations, the water began receding yesterday afternoon.
Owners of flooded vehicles should contact their insurance companies to file claims. Documentation will be provided by the university to verify the flooding occurred.
For more information, call 831-2100.