Severe weather rips through the state causing flooding, mudslides and power
outages throughout the region.
In Campbell County one teen is dead and another seriously injured from
The heaviest rain is behind us now, but we'll see some isolated pockets of
flurries... The Roanoke River is expected to crest this afternoon about 3 feet
above flood stage and Very cold temperatures are on the way. I'll have the
forecast in a few minutes.
High water forced some residents in Rockbridge County from their homes
Though the rain has stopped, Goshen and Glasgow are waiting to see if the
afternoon will bring more difficult conditions.
Joe Dashiell is in Goshen this afternoon, how is Rockbridge County faring
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SUPER=01-Robert Smith/Plant Manager;
OUT Q=into the plant.
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(question: did anyone use the shelters overnight?)
The rain has stopped in Bath County, but flooding is making it almost
impossible for residents to get around.
The county's primary roads, Route 220 and Route 39 are blocked.
The main street in Hot Springs has close to two feet of water on it.
Authorities say 12 people had to be evacuated and have been in a shelter
since early this morning.
There are also a few power outages.
But the emergency services coordinator says no one was hurt.
In the New River Valley, they are dealing with water troubles there as
Tracy ALtizer has the latest from Montgomery County.
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Things have quieted down considerably in central Virginia, where washed out
roads caused problems with the morning commute.
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In the Boonsboro area of Bedford County, parts of Holcomb Rock Road were
completely covered with water.
Emergency crews were keeping a close eye on nearby bridges that were
threatened by swollen creeks.
Tow truck drivers spent a busy morning rescuing motorists stranded in the
These cars were caught in about four feet of water on Carter Street in
Also in the Hill City, an overflowing Ivy Creek had covered large portions
of Peaks View park.
The park also was washed out by heavy flooding last June.
The Roanoke Valley was spared from SEVERE flooding... but it wasn't exactly
smooth sailing this morning.
The Roanoke River came very close to many roads.
Some streets were blocked off during the early morning hours... but there
were no injuries and very little damage.
The river is expected to crest at 13-feet today.
In Roanoke County, the weather is being blamed for a car wreck.
The driver of the vehicle apparantly skidded off the road, and into a
There were no injuries.
So far--water flooding into basements is the biggest problem for many
That wasn't the only problem Roanoke Valley residents had to wade through.
The city is now asking them to curtail their water use following a 16-inch
water main break on the Salem Turnpike.
But this water main break is a double whammy for city residents.
The outflow washed out a lot of earth from underneath the bridge portion of
And now, state crews must repair it immediately.
So at least one lane of the bridge will be closed for a while.
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((SCOTT HODGE/VDOT: WELL WE'RE GOING TO CERTAINLY EXPEDITE THE PROCESS I WOULD
SAY IT'S PROBABLY GONNA TAKE TWO OR THREE DAYS TO GET IT REPAIRED, SO THE
TRAVELLING PUBLIC CAN GO BACK AND USE IT.))
OUT Q=back and use it.
The water main break drained the Washington Heights Station and the Eugene
That has created low water pressure in the northwest section of the city.
This water main break will NOT effect Roanoke County.
The city estimates it will take crews four-to-five hours to fix the water
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Still to come -- Salem's mayor talks about his final months,
and in one Campbell County neighborhood, two teenagers are shot and authorities
want to know why.
The heavy rain is over. The Roanoke River is expected the crest this afternoon
at about 3 feet above flood stage. Now... we need to worry about the plummeting
temperatures and the water freezing on the roads. I'll have the forecast in a
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One teenager is dead, another in serious condition in the wake of two
shootings last night in Campbell County.
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At about 8:30, rescue crews were called to this house on Route 6-52 in the
Gladys area of the county.
That's where 19- year- old Roger Vassar had collapsed near the back door of
his home from two reported gunshot wounds to the chest.
Rescue squad personnel say Vassar had a faint pulse when they arrived, but
efforts to save him failed.
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((RODNEY FORE/CITIZENS EMERGENCY CREW: I THINK WHEN HE OPENED THE DOOR HE JUST
PASSED THROUGH, FELL THROUGH THE DOOR, AND THEY STARTED WORKING ON HIM THEN,
AND FROM THERE ON WE STARTED CPR ALL THE WAY TO THE HOSPITAL.))
SUPER=01-Rodney Fore/Citizens Emergency Crew; :00
OUT Q=to the hospital.
Fore says the victim is the son of the president of the Gladys Rescue Squad.
Minutes later, crews were called for another shooting just a few houses
A young boy had been shot in the neck.
He has been taken to U-V-A Medical Center, where he reportedly is in serious
Campbell County authorities have NOT released any details about the
shootings, or whether they are connected.
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Police say dense fog may have played a role in a fatal acciedent in Bedford
The accident happened yesterday at the intersection of Routes 460 and 811.
State police say a Ryder rental truck was headed west when 56- year- old
Barbara Ann Hill of Bedford County crossed the road in front of it.
The impact pushed Hill's car more than a hundred feet down the road.
Authorities believe she was killed instantly.
The driver of the truck was also injured in the crash.
Fire officials still don't know what caused a house fire in Roanoke last
night, but they say it looks suspicous.
The blaze started after midnight in an abandoned home at the one-thousand
block of Salem Avenue.
It's the second fire to strike this house in three years.
Firefighters were able to quickly knock down the flames, but say fighting
the fire was made more difficult due to the lack of fire hydrants in the area.
Also the home was apparently being used to store recycled building
materials which fueled the flames.
Neighbors say homeless people frequently stayed in the house to keep warm.
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Salem mayor Jim Taliaferro is finishing up his final months in office.
But he isn't recommending a successor.
At a press conference this morning, Taliaferro said he would not suggest a
He DID say, however, that he'll back any member of Council running for re-
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((JIM TALIAFERRO/SALEM MAYOR: I WILL SUPPORT ANY OF THE INCUMBENT COUNCILMAN
WHO RUN FOR RE- ELECTION THIS SPRING. I CAN TELL YOU THAT. IT'S AN EXCELLENT
GROUP AND THEY CERTAINLY HAVE MY SOLID ENDORSEMENT AND SUPPORT. ))
SUPER=01-Jim Taliaferro/Salem Mayor;
OUT Q=and support
Taliaferro has served as mayor of Salem for nearly a quarter of a century.
He's thinks his biggest achievements lie in education.
Since he took office, Salem has pumped nearly 33- million dollars into the
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Up next --
It's independence day for some prisoners in Bosnia,
and also for the hostages aboard a Turkish ferry.
An update, next, on News 7 at Noon.
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A four- day hostage drama in the black Sea has ended.
The gunmen who hijacked a Turkish ferry surrendered today.
The move comes after negotiators boarded the ship early this morning.
The hijackers, with 200 hostages on board, were threatening to blow up the
The ferry takeover was in retaliation for the Russian attack on Chechen
Meantime the prisoner exchange has begun in Bosnia.
Today some 26 Serbs walked out of a Sarajevo prison, with most of them going
to the airport to fly to Serb territory.
In all, some 900 prisoners are to be swapped among the warring factions.
Some 300 Muslims are being held at secret camps inside Serbia.
They are survivors of the Srbenica Massacre.
Well as we told you earlier in the newscast --
Flooding hit Bath County late last night-- by 9:30, banks were completely
Leftover snow combined with three to four inches of rain caused the water
to rise quickly.
Jay Moore has more on the situation in Hot Springs.
SUPER=03-Hot Springs; :00
SUPER=07-Barbara Pritt; :18
SUPER=07-Karen Clifton; :32
SUPER=01-Richard Byrd/Emergency Coordinator; :44
SUPER=01-David Legg/State Police; 1:01
OUT Q=Moore, News-7, Hot Springs.
The nation's unemployment rate is holding steady.
The government says it was unchanged last month at five point six percent.
Analysts say the manufacturing industry enjoyed its biggest monthly
increase in nearly six years.
Stocks are mostly higher today.
On Wall Street at noon the Dow was UP nearly 24 points.
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Stick around for highlights of Virginia Tech's one point win over Dayton,
And one is the magic number for George Burns -- one-HUNDRED, that is.
A comic legend prepares to become a centenarian, next, on News 7 at Noon.
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The 11th ranked Hokies are counting their blessings after a squeaker last
night against Dayton.
Roy Stanley shows us how the Hokies escaped with an Atlantic 10 win, to stay
unbeaten in conference play.
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SUPER=01-Oliver Purnell/Dayton Head Coach; :41
SUPER=01-Damon Watlington/13 Points; :58
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SUPER=01-Keefe Matthews/5 of 6 From The Field; 1:22
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Comic George Burns turns 100 tommorrow and friends are turning out by the
hundreds to say "happy birthday."
A party in his honor raised millions for Cedar- Sinai Medical Center.
Sandra Hughes reports from Los Angeles.
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SUPER=04-"The Burns and Allen Show"/George Burns Productions; :14
SUPER=01-Sandra Hughes/Reporting; :47
SUPER=03-Beverly Hills, CA; 1:04
SUPER=01-Carol Channing/Actress; 1:11
SUPER=01-Don Rickles/Comedian; 1:20
SUPER=01-Betty White/Actress; 1:28
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It's said that birthday's are a celebration of life.
Well, nobody seems to understand that better than George Burns.
For years journalists have
been seeking the secret to his longevity and George has patiently repeated his
GEORGE: "I'M DOING WHAT I LOVE TO DO. FALL IN LOVE WITH WHAT YOU'RE GOING
TO DO FOR A LIVING. YOU'RE VERY LUCKY TO GET OUT OF BED AND LOVE WHAT YOU DO,
IT KEEPS YOU GOING.
True to his word burns fell in love with his partner, the late Gracie Allen.
Today, he still considers gracie his greatest gift.
It was not the birthday celebration they'd hoped for...originally burns was
set to perform in Las Vegas.
But last year, a serious fall forced him to cancel.
Instead, George planned to join well-wishers at tuesday's benefit in Beverly
But the flu kept him at home. a friend read a statement for the
CAROL CHANNING : ALL OF BROADWAY AND THE ENTERTAINMENT WORLD IS GRATEFUL
AND PROUD FOR YOUR CONTRIBUTION TO ALL OF US OVER A LIFETIME.
DON RICKLES: YOU'RE THE BEST, GEORGE, AND REMEMBER ONE THING. HAVE THAT
MARTINI, PUFF ON THAT CIGAR ON YOU HUNDRETH AND I'LL SEND THE GIRL OVER, HA HA.
BETTY WHITE: GEORGE, SORRY TO BE WISHING YOU HAPPPY BIRTHDAY ON CAMERA
GOERGE, I'D RATHER BE SUNGGLED UP NEXT TO YOU, BUT I DO WISH YOU A HAPPY ONE
WITH ALL MY HEART. AND IF YOU EVER DECIDE TO GO FOR OLDER WOMEN, I'M YOURS.
BURNS: "BUT I LOVE LIFE I'D LIKE TO DO IT AGAIN, OH..YEAH, I'D
LIKE TO DO IT AGAIN. Sandra Hughes, cbs News Los Angeles.))
And that's it for News 7 at Noon. For all the latest news, sports and
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