[7-11Flood-Assessment]

[ANCHOR=Kim]

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Roanoke City's preliminary flood estimates are in.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]

A spokesman for Roanoke says right now this weekend's flood damage is estimated at two- million dollars in the city... that includes damage to both public and private property. The city has declared a local emergency to begin applying for state assistance. In the meantime, the city is asking residents to continue to report damage. The number to call is 540- 853-2425.
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[7-11Piney-Branch]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
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Floodwaters claimed a private road in Bedford County this weekend, destroying the only access to a local subdivision.

Now residents are looking to state and local officials for assistance, but they haven't had much luck.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bedford Co.]


Residents first noticed cracks in the pavement on Saturday morning. Piney Branch Road gave way after two culverts running underneath became clogged with debris.
Declared unsafe for cars and trucks, the route is now just a narrow walking path.
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[SOT 01:43]
[IN Q=Bedford County]

((BEDFORD COUNTY, I FEEL LIKE I PAY MY TAXES YOU KNOW AND ALL THESE YEARS, MONEY THEY DON'T HAVE TO SPEND ON THIS ROAD THAT WE'RE SPENDING TO FIX IT UP AND KEEP IT UP AND SOMETHING LIKE THIS HAPPENS AND I THINK BEDFORD COUNTY OUGHT TO COME IN AND HELP US OUT. I KNOW IT'S A PRIVATE ROAD, BUT THIS RIGHT HERE TO ME IS AN EMERGENCY.))
[SUPER=01-Tim Andrews/Subdivision Resident;]
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[OUT Q=to me is an emergency.]
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[VO-NAT]


County officials are seeking permission to cross adjoining property in the event of a fire or other emergency.
But both county and state officials say they cannot spend public money to repair a private road.
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[ANCHOR=Kim]
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Residents of the Oakcrest Hills subdivision will meet Saturday afternoon to discuss the situation.


[7-11-Flood-Insurance]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
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Flood damage can take its toll on a residence, but flood insurance makes re-building a lot easier.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]

Local agents say it's important to remember that a general homeowner's policy does NOT cover flooding. State Farm's Holt Woodbury says people also have some misconceptions about getting flood coverage.
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[IN Q=the fact]

((HOLT WOODBURY/STATE FARM INSURANCE AGENT; THE FACT THAT YOU KNOW IT'S TERRIBLY EXPENSIVE AND IN THE SCHEME OF THINGS IT'S NOT OR THAT THERE ARE CERTAIN AREAS THAT CAN'T GET IT AND THAT'S NOT TRUE.))
[SUPER=01-Holt Woodbury/State Farm Insurance Agent;]
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[OUT Q=THAT'S NOT TRUE]
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[VO-NAT]

He says virtually anyone can get a flood policy and that the average cost annually is 360-dollars for a homeowner and
220-dollars for a renter. It can get expensive when you consider deductibles. Woodbury says to keep premiums low and affordable it's not uncommon for a policy to have a 5-thousand dollar deductible.
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[45-AM-Blacksburg-Ax]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
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Blacksburg Police are trying to figure out what caused an accident involving a police officer and two other vehicles.
They say Officer Michael P. Czernicki was on Prices Fork Road, responding to a fight call just before 11 o-clock last night.
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[SUPER=03-Blacksburg]


As the officer drove through a red light at the intersection with Toms Creek Road and Stanger Street, his patrol car was t-boned by another vehicle.
The police car spun around and hit another car.
One of the civilian drivers was taken to the hospital, but her injuries were not believed to be serious.
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[IN Q=We've got a]

((BRUCE BRADBERY/BLACKSBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT; WE'VE GOT A CRASH TEAM ENROUTE AND THEY'LL MAKE SOME FURTHER DETERMINATIONS. IT'S GOING TO CONTINUE TO BE INVESTIGATED AND WE'LL TRY TO GET TO THE BOTTOM OF IT IN THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS.))

[SUPER=01-Bruce Bradbery/Blacksburg Police Department]
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[OUT Q=next couple of days.]
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[VO-NAT]


Lieutenant Bradbery said the police car's emergency equipment WAS activated when the officer drove through the intersection.
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[45-11Truck-Accident]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
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[GRAPHIC=81 Deadly Accident]


A Hardy man lost his life, and a state trooper was injured in an accident on Interstate 81 yesterday.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.;]


51-year-old Thomas Bradley Hurt died after his tanker truck swerved and hit a state police car yesterday morning.


Trooper Angel Graham had just pulled over an Ohio van and was sitting inside her patrol car.
Trooper Graham was airlifted to the hospital, but state police say her injuries appear to be minor.
The van's passengers were treated and released.
The wreck spilled 75-hundred gallons of diesel fuel into nearby Mill Creek.
HAZMAT teams and a private contractor dammed the creek about two miles downstream.
They say it may take two weeks to clean up all the fuel.
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[45-11Glass-Fight]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
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[WRITER=ssm]
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Gang activity may have been the leading factor in a large fight that broke out at E-C Glass High School.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg]


That's according to Lynchburg police who sent more than a dozen officers to the scene around 2:15 yesterday afternoon.
Authorities say while hundreds of students were in the area at the time, only a handful were actually involved in the fight.
School resource officers had been tipped off to a potential problem earlier in the week.
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[SOT 2:51:40]
[IN Q=It was just]

((DANNY MARKS/LYNCHBURG POLICE: IT WAS JUST INFORMATION WE HAD THAT RIVAL GROUPS WERE EGGING ON EACH OTHER OVER THE PAST COUPLE OF DAYS ACROSS THE STREET FROM THE SCHOOL AGAINST THE STUDENTS HERE AT THE SCHOOL, SO THAT'S WHY THE UNITS WERE IN THE AREA.))
[SUPER=01-Danny Marks/Lynchburg Police Department;]
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[OUT Q=were in the area.]
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[VO-NAT]


Three juveniles were arrested and likely will face charges of trespassing.
School administrators say none are students at E.C. Glass.
No one was injured.
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[8-11Willow-River]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
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Some residents of a heavily flooded apartment complex in Salem have returned home.
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[SUPER=03-Salem;]

Willow River Apartment officials say most of the people living on the second and third floors are being allowed back in the buildings. Power has been restored to most, if not all of the Salem complex.
[SUPER=04-Sunday;]

Flooding pounded the location over the weekend, forcing evacuations and leaving behind significant damage. All ground floor units were hit and will have to be rebuilt. The Red Cross says about two hundred people from the location are seeking assistance due to the flooding.
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[8-11River-Rescue]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
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[WRITER=myr]
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[GRAPHIC=Flooding]

A successful river rescue effort this weekend ended in the death of one man.
Now Montgomery County officials say they hope to learn from the tragedy.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Elliston/Saturday;]

Rescue workers took more than two hours to save a father and son who were stranded Saturday in the North Fork of the Roanoke River. The son, 30-year-old Brian Quesenberry later died of hypothermia. Those who were involved in the operation met tonight to discuss what happened and what they might have done differently. People from at least seven different agencies attended the meeting.
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[8-11Roanoke-Schools]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
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The Roanoke City school system released its make-up day schedule yesterday. Students who attend school in the city won't be getting a Spring break this year.
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[TAKE PINNACLE] Students will now have to attend class from March 31st through April fourth. Make- up days are also scheduled for Good Friday and Memorial Day.
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[8-11Salem-Election]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
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[WRITER=syo]
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Salem will soon be tapping into the perspective of its young people.
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[SUPER=03-Salem;]

As part of the city's new comprehensive plan, Salem wants to involve students in the government process. So leaders created a Youth Council to be made up of five students: three from Salem High School and two from Andrew Lewis Middle School. Yesterday, student bodies at both schools cast their ballots for the candidates of their choice.
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[IN Q=We have issues we've covered...]

((A. J. DOWELL/YOUTH COUNCIL CANDIDATE: WE HAVE ISSUES WE'VE COVERED BUT WE'RE STILL IN THE CREATIVE STAGE SO WE'RE NOT SURE WHAT WE'RE GONNA DO NEXT.)) ((MIKE MEYERS/GOVERNMENT TEACHER: I THINK THERE ARE A LOT OF GOOD IDEAS, THEY'RE PASSIONATE ABOUT CERTAIN ISSUES, CERTAIN ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES, FOR EXAMPLE. I THINK THIS COULD BENEFIT THE COMMUNITY AS A WHOLE.))
[SUPER=01-A. J. Dowell/Youth Council Candidate; :00]
[SUPER=01-Mike Meyers/Government Teacher; :07]
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[OUT Q=benefit the community as a whole.]
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[ANCHOR=Kim]
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The Youth Council will work alongside City Council to learn about the government process. The group plans to to hold a Youth Summit this spring.