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Flood waters cover over 100 vehicles at RU

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By NEESEY PAYNE

neesey@southwesttimes.com

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.

 

 

 

 

One Response to Flood waters cover over 100 vehicles at RU

  1. Ross Taylor

    February 4, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    First, Students were NOT notified at l0:00. If we had been notified then, by any means, almost all the cars would have been moved. However the University alert system sent out the first notification at 5:30. As I scrambled to get down to my truck at 5:35, I was joined by many other students.When we got down to lot Z we were quite horrified that the water was already past the top of some tires.Luckily I was one of about 10 people with vehicles high enough off the ground that we could drive them out of the water.The idea that students were warned and then neglected to move their most valuable possesions is absolutely absurd.The RAs never warned anyone before 5:30 and by then it was too late.This is a fine example of the University screwing up and trying to cover its butt.Meanwhile 157 cars,(yes, I counted)are completely destroyed.