Much needed rain finally arrives in our region...
But is it enought to wash away problems at Carvin's Cove and in other communities.
Justin McLeod takes a look.
And, a proposed industrial park in Bedford county has some residents saying "not in my backyard".
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((MIKE McEVOY/DIRECTOR OF UTILITIES: A ONE INCH RAIN IS NOT GOING TO SOLVE OUR PROBLEMS BUT IT'S CERTAINLY A GOOD START.))
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Our area sees some much needed rain, but it may too little too late to solve one major problem.
Good evening, I'm Teresa Hamilton.
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Some parts in our region saw more than an inch of rain today.
That's crucial for the city of Roanoke which already has partial mandatory water restrictions in place.
But as Justin McLeod discovered today's rain was only a short term fix to a long term problem.
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((((NAT SOUND OF CARS DRIVING BY IN RAIN))
For many of us, it was a sight to see.
For the first time in months, a steady rain fell throughout our region.
And probably no one is happier to see the rain than Roanoke city's Director of Utilities.
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((MIKE McEVOY/DIRECTOR OF UTILITIES: THIS IS THE BEST CHANCE WE'VE SEEN FOR RAIN IN SEVERAL MONTHS.))
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But the best chance may not be enough.
The water level here at Carvins Cove is dropping about a tenth of a foot a day and is currently more than 23 feet below the spillway.
The rain this weekend helps but it may do very little to replenish the city's water supply.
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((MIKE McEVOY/DIRECTOR OF UTILITIES: THE GROUND HAS BEEN SO DRY THAT WE'RE REALLY GOING TO LOSE A LOT OF THIS MOISTURE UP JUST GETTING THE GROUND SATURATED TO THE POINT TO GET THE RUNOFF.))
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And the point where mandatory water restrictions kick in is getting closer.
The city will enact those restrictions once the cove reaches 26 feet below the spillway.
At the rate we're going, that level could be reached by the end of the month.
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((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: MANY HAVE WONDERED JUST EXACTLY HOW MUCH WILL THE CRYSTAL SPRING TREATMENT ALLEVIATE THE PROBLEM AND EXACTLY WHEN IT WILL BE FINISHED. CONSTRUCTION BEGAN HERE IN NOVEMBER AND SHOULD BE COMPLETED BY THE END OF THE YEAR. ONCE FULLY OPERATIONAL, THE PLANT WILL PROVIDE MORE THAN 4 MILLION GALLONS OF WATER EACH DAY.))
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((NAT SOUND OF RAIN))
Some have also criticized the city for not issuing mandatory water restrictions right now.
City leaders say the reason is simple, it's not necessary.
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((MIKE McEVOY/DIRECTOR OF UTILITIES: IT'S IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER THAT EVEN AT 26 FEET BELOW THE SPILLWAY WE'RE STILL IN THE 42, 43, 44 PERCENT OF CAPACITY AT THE RESERVIOR SO WE STILL HAVE A FAIR AMOUNT OF WATER IN THE RESERVIOR EVEN AT THAT STAGE WE GO TO MANDATORY RESTRICTIONS.))
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No one wants to see mandatory restrictions.
But unless we see more rainy days like this one, we could feel the ripple effect for months to come. (SHOT OF WAVES)
Justin McLeod, News 7.))
Supporters say it will bring new jobs to the area while boosting the tax base. But residents of a proposed industrial park in Bedford county view the project in a much different light.
This week-- the board of supervisors held a public hearing.
Residents who live near Routes 460 and 8- eleven say if the New London Business and Technology Center becomes a reality it will jeopardize their safety and property values.
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((I FEEL LIKE IT'S OFFENSIVE TO BE TOLD IT'S THE BEST THING FOR US AND THAT IT WILL BRING JOBS TO US. I KNOW WHERE I WANT TO WORK AND I MOVED OUT THERE BECAUSE I WANT TO BE OUT THERE IN THE AGRICULTURAL COUNTRY, I DIDN'T MOVE OUT THERE BECAUSE I WANT TO FIND A JOB. ))
((THERE'S ONLY ONE THINK THAT SEEMS TO BE VERY CLEAR TO ME, THE ONLY PEOPLE WHO BENEFIT BESIDES FROM TENUOUS PROMISE OF JOBS IN THE FUTURE IS THE ONE PROPERTY OWNERS INVOLVED... TO BE VERY FAIR.))
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During the meeting, some supervisors voiced support for the project saying something needs to be done to keep the area's young people from moving away to find jobs-
A final decision on the project has NOT yet been made.
The Lady Flames of Liberty won their sixth straight Big South Tournament championship today beating Coastal Carolina 57 to 33.
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Flames coach Carey Green drawing up a play during a break.
Then Katie Feenstra takes it to the hoop scoring the short one hand jumper for 2.
But Coastal comes right back Courtney Brown gets the pass outside and drains the three pointer to make it 26 to 23 Liberty.
Liberty Agne Jasinskatie goes to the board after the miss and puts it back in to make it 54 to 31 Flames.
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The Flames pull away when Laura Rollyson hits the jumper for two and Liberty claims another Big South tournament championship with the 57 to 33 win.
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The Virginia Women opened play in the A-C-C tournament this afternoon.
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Debbie Ryan and her young team taking on Georgia Tech in Greensboro.
The Lady Yellow Jackets get it to Regina Tate for the jumper in th corner to tie the score at six.
Then Georgia Tech takes it inside as Sonjia Mallory muscles her way to the hoop for two and a three point lead.
And when the Yellow Jackets get out on the break and score the Cavaliers trailed by four.
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Virginia made a run just before the half and trailed by one and Virginia rallies in the second half to win it 60 to 58.
The Hokie Men's team ended its season on the road at Miami losing to the 22-nd ranked Hurricanes 83 to 77.
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The Canes looking for a bye in the conference tournament.
Marcus Barnes makes the steal and takes it to the hoop for the score and Miami led Tech 28 to 15.
The Hurricanes then go inside as James Jones pulls down the offensive rebound and puts it back in Miami led big at the half.
Tech made a run near the end of the second half Eric Branham with the steal and layup and the Hokies trailed by 9
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Brian Chase then pulls up and hits the three cutting the lead to six but the Hurricanes win it 83 to 77.