Ahead on News 7 at Noon--
Flooding problems throughout the region following hours of intense rainfall.
And a U-S fighter plane has fired on an Iraqi radar site after last night's
second round of missile attacks and an increased no fly zone.
Flood watches and warnings are up for the region through this afternoon,
and Hurricane Fran is threatening the Coastal Carolinas. We'll look at all of
today's busy weather in just a few moments.
Stick around, News 7 at Noon is next.
After 48 hours of steady rain, parts of the Roanoke Valley are saturated
with flood water.
Washed out roads and rising streams are causing problems throughout the
Forecasters are predicting Hurricane Fran will hit land by this weekend and
that might also have an impact in our area.
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Ron Jones has been monitoring the trouble spots and joins us from Roanoke.
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Patrick Evans joins us now with the latest on the situation
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Flooding today caused some potentially deadly problems in Southwest Roanoke
Water rushed into the basement of this house on Knowles Drive.
The force was so great... it cracked a liquid oxygen tank used for life-
The elderly couple living inside had to be evacuated... because the leaking
gas could have caused an explosion.
IN Q=You had
((CAPTAIN GARY HOUFF/ROANOKE COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENT: YOU HAD A HIGH VOLUME OF
HIGHLY CONCENTRATED OXYGEN IN THE HOUSE. AND ANY TIME YOU HAD THAT AS A
POTENTIAL EMISSIONS SOURCE, YOU HAVE THE POSSIBILITY OF SOME TYPE OF AN
EXPLOSION. SO WE HAD TO ELIMINATE THOSE PROBLEMS BEFORE WE COULD SEND PEOPLE
BACK INSIDE THE RESIDENCE. ))
SUPER=01-Gary Houff/Roanoke Co. Fire Dept.;
OUT Q=the residence
Strapped with gas masks, fire fighters eventually entered the house and
removed the tank.
The home is now being aired out.
No one was injured... and the couple hopes to move back in later in the
As heavy rain pushed Mudlick Creek from its banks this morning, Roanoke
emergency crews scrambled to keep motorists from driving through dangerous
Mudlick Road was blocked by high water in more than one location, creating
detours for drivers.
City officials blocked the road quickly, but not before at least one
driver tried to make his way across.
IN Q=Water like this can go
((DAVID POPE/FIRE EMS CAPTAIN: WATER LIKE THIS CAN GO DOWN QUICKLY. IT CAN ALSO
COME UP VERY QUICKLY, SO PEOPLE THAT ARE DRIVING AROUND THE AREA ROADS NEED TO
BE EXTREMELY CAREFUL AND IF THEY SEE HIGH WATER DON'T DRIVE THROUGH IT, BECAUSE
AS YOU SAW A FEW MINUTES AGO SOMEONE TRIED TO GO THROUGH THIS PARTICULAR STREAM
AND IF THEY HAD GONE MUCH FURTHER THEY'D HAVE BEEN OVER THE BRIDGE.))
SUPER=01-David Pope/Fire EMS Captain;
OUT Q=been over the bridge.
With the prospect of more rain in the next couple of days, city officials
are also encouraging residents to stock up on food, water, flashlights, and any
prescription medicines they may require.
Flooding is continuing to cause serious problems on the Southside.
Both Danville and Pittsylvania County have declared a "state of emergency".
The Dan River along Memorial Drive in Danville has already begun to spill
over its banks.
Numerous roads throughout the city have been closed.
Pittsylvania County is experiencing similar problems-- more than 80-
secondary roads within the county remain closed.
Last night was especially hectic for the Danville Rescue Squad when
volunteers helped save two of their own.
Teresa Hamilton has the story.
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SUPER=01-Kelly Fuller/Danville Homeowner; :14
SUPER=01-Billy Wyatt/Rescue Squad Volunteer; :47 VERY QUICK!!!
SUPER=01-Bill Hankins/Danville Rescue Squad; 1:04 QUICK!!!
SUPER=01-Ronnie Setliff/Rescue Squad Volunteer; 1:20 quick!
OUT Q=Hamilton, News 7.
(( Heavy rain created more than its share of problems.
A mudslide on Route 58- brought traffic to a temporary halt.
Kelly Fuller's problem was more isolated-- the front porch of her Danville
home caved in.
IN Q=I looked
((KELLY FULLER/DANVILLE HOMEOWNER:I LOOKED AND THE FRONT PART OF MY HOUSE, LIKE
WHERE MY LIVING ROOM IS, THE SHRUBBERY HAD CAVED IN AND IT HAD KNOCKED THE WALL
OF MY BASEMENT. ))
OUT Q=my basement.
Fuller wasn't the only Danville resident with problems.
Ronnie Setliff and Billy Wyatt volunteered to evacuate families when Fall
Creek at the intersection of Thomas and Halifax Road began to swell.
NAT SOUND: WOAH, WOAH.
The current was apparently too much for the boat's motor to handle.
Fortunately, the Danville Rescue Squad volunteers were able to hang on.
IN Q=What were you
((WHAT WERE YOU THINKING WHEN YOU WERE HANGING ONTO THE TREE.
BILLY WYATT/RESCUE SQUAD VOLUNTEER:THIS IS INTERESTING HOW ARE WE GOING TO GET
OUT OF HERE. ))
OUT Q=out of here.
That part would prove to be difficult-- especially when the tree they were
clinging to broke loose.
There were more tense moments when Setliff fell in.
That's when local volunteers knew they had to act quickly-- throwing out a
IN Q=It snagged
((LT. BILL HANKINS/DANVILLE RESCUE SQUAD:IT SNAGGED IN THE ENGINE AND WE WERE
LUCKY. IT SNAGGED TIGHT ENOUGH WE COULD START PULLED THEM TO SHORE. ))
OUT Q=to shore.
IN Q=It was
((RONNIE SETLIFF/RESCUE SQUAD VOLUNTEER: IT WAS HAIRY BUT WE KNEW WE WERE
ALRIGHT THOUGH. WE GOT OUR FRIENDS OVER HERE AND WE KNEW THEY WOULD TAKE CARE
OF US. ))
OUT Q=of us.
And, without a moments hesitation. Teresa Hamilton, News 7.))
Governor George Allen is preparing to tour Danville within the hour. We'll
have more on the story tonight at five and six.
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Still to come on news 7 at noon,
More shooting in Iraq-a fighter plane blast today and a second set of
missile attacks last night.
Another chapter in the Israeli-- Palestinian struggle for peace.
Benjamin Netanyahu prepares to sit down, for the first time with Yasser
Stay with us.
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Within the past hour, a U-S fighter plane has blasted an Iraqi radar
site with a missile. A U-S official says the site is no longer operational.
Meanwhile, Pentagon spokesmen say a second U-S strike overnight has cut
Iraq's air defenses down to size.
But the White House still will not rule out more attacks, to enforce the
expanded no-fly zone now covering the southern half of Iraq.
Elizabeth Kaledin has the latest from Washington.
SUPER=01-Joseph Ralston/Vice Chairman; :25
SUPER=01-Elizabeth Kaledin/Reporting; 1:31
OUT Q=CBS News, Washington.
Determined to cripple Saddam Hussein's defenses in the south, U-S forces
launched their second missile assault in less than 24-hours.
GEN.JOSEPH RALSTON, VICE-CHAIRMAN, JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF
Adminstration officials described the attack as a "mop-up
operation"...designed to ensure u-s warplanes patrol the expanded "no-fly" zone
A total of 17-missiles in all rained down on iraqi air defense radars and
command-and-control installations...not destroyed by the first ---and larger
hailstorm early yesterday.
Iraq claims that assault resulted in 5-deaths and the destruction of a
There's no evidence yet whether the second one hit all intended targets.
Regardless---saddam is ever defiant and ignoring the u-s edict ...instead,
he's ordered his troops to shoot down any western plane entering the new
zone....now extended to the 33rd parallel....just outside of baghdad.
Abroad, there has been mixed at best reaction to the bombings....prompting
president clinton during a speech before the national guard association last
night---- to once again outline his reasoning.
CLINTON: WE KNOW THAT IF WE DO NOT PURSUE THIS POLICY WE WILL ONCE AGAIN BE
CALLED UPON TO DO MORE AS WE HAD TO DO MORE IN OPERATIONS DESERT SHIELD AND
DESERT STORM....WE DO NOT WANT THAT TO HAPPEN.
Some of the strong criticism isn't coming from republican presidential
candidate bob dole who said aggression from saddam hussein or anyone, shouldn't
DOLE:THE BOTTOM LINE IS THAT SADDAM HUSSEIN IS AN OUTLAW , IS A TYRANT, HE'S A
BUTCHER AND WE CANNOT TOLERATE ANY ADDITIONAL ACTION BY HIM IN THAT PART OF THE
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The Missile Strike is hitting home for many local Gulf War veterans.
One former Marine believes Saddam Hussein is starting trouble again to
improve his country's economy.
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IN Q=His country needs
((DAVID THOMPSON/GULF WAR VETERAN: HIS COUNTRY NEEDS MONEY, NEEDS TO BE BACK
ON ITS ECONOMIC FEET. HE'S BASICALLY BACKED IN A CORNER. HE NEEDS TO DO
SOMTHING TO BRING MORE MONEY IN THERE. AND ANOTHER WAR COULD DO THAT. ))
SUPER=01-David Thompson/Gulf War Veteran;
OUT Q=could do that
Other vets say troops should have stayed in the Persian Gulf longer.
IN Q=We were in
((STAFF SGT. RON VANDEGRIFT/U.S. MARINE CORPS: WE WERE IN KUWAIT CITY AND WE
HAD ORDERS TO GO NORTH THE FOLLOWING DAY AND WE FOUND OUT THE WAR WAS OVER.
SO, WE WERE KIND OF WONDERING WHAT WAS GOING ON, ESPECIALLY WHEN WE HEARD HE
WAS STILL IN POWER. ))
SUPER=01-Staff Sgt. Ron Vandegrift/U.S. Marine Corps;
OUT Q=still in power
Both men agree that if it does come down to sending U-S troops back into the
Persian Gulf-- they should be allowed to finish what they started five years
The governor of South Carolina has declared a state of emergency as
Hurricane Fran approaches the southeast coast.
The Category three hurricane has sustained winds of 115 miles-per-hour, and
could strengthen further to a category four storm by the time it makes landfall
Navy ships sailed out of Jacksonville yestersday just in case Fran makes a
turn toward northern Florida.
But right now forecasters believe Fran will strike somewhere between Georgia
and North Carolina.
A much talked about meeting is set to take place today near the Gaza Strip.
SUPER=03-Gaza City, Gaza;
Palestinian and Israeli officials confirm that Israeli Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu and P-L-O leader Yasser Arafat will hold their first face to
Since being elected in May Netanyahu has angered Palestinians by postponing
the pullout of troops from Hebron and approving expanded Jewish settlements in
the West Bank.
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Still ahead--Two Lynchburg Hillcats have struck out with the law--
A vending machine company tells the government to BUTT out.
It says it can do the job at curbing teen smoking.
One Virginia vending company has found a unique way to keep teens from
buying cigarettes from their vending machines.
A Richmond-area vending company that supplies Applebees restaurants and
other businesses around the state foils cigarette buyers on the first try.
A bartender must press a remote control button behind the bar to activate
The vending machine company says it's policing teen smoking itself.
((Charles Hutchinson/Cliff Weil Vending Services, Inc.: SOME BUSINESS PEOPLE
WAS ASKING US TO. AND WE WAS DOING IT ON OUR OWN TOO. IT'S NOT SOMETHING THE
FDA ... TAX DOLLARS.))
SUPER=01-Charles Hutchinson/Cliff Weil Vending Services, Inc.;
OUT Q=tax dollars.
The remote activator retro- fit costs about 500- dollars.
New F-D-A regulations would ban cigarette vending machines altogether.
Two Lynchburg Hillcats were playig a different ballgame yesterday, in court.
The two baseball players accused of taunting and chasing a gay man in July
pleaded guilty to reduced charges.
Hillcats pitchers John Dillinger and Jeff Kelly were given suspended 90-day
The victim, Greg Robinson, says the pair began harassing him at this gas
station, then chased him for several miles before crashing into his car.
IN Q=I think what
((ETHAN ONTJES/PROSECUTOR: I THINK WHAT YOU HAD WAS REALLY A HATE CRIME. BASED
ON MR. ROBINSON'S SEXUAL PERSUASION, I THINK THEY FOR SOME REASON DIDN'T AGREE
WITH IT AND DECIDED THEY WERE GOING TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT.))
SUPER=01-Ethan Ontjes/Prosecutor; :00
OUT Q=something about it.
Dillinger and Kelly were also ordered to pay restitution and do ten hours of
Robinson's attorney says that may not satisfy his client.
IN Q=Right now
((LEIGH DREWRY/ROBINSON'S ATTORNEY: RIGHT NOW ANYTHING'S POSSIBLE. I'VE BEEN
CONTACTED BY MR. ROBINSON, I'M EXPLORING HIS OPTIONS AND AFTER A FEW DAYS OR
WEEKS WE'LL SIT DOWN, COME UP WITH SOME OPTIONS AND MAKE A DECISION AS TO WHAT
SUPER=01-Leigh Drewry/Robinson's Attorney; :00
OUT Q=what to do.
Drewry says Robinson is considering suing the two players for violating his
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On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was DOWN eight and a half points.
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Coming up on News 7,
Patrick will bring us the latest in sports,
Including last night's action at the U-S open.
Pete Sampras escaped to the semifinals.
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Cowboys star Emmitt Smith is back home in Dallas, recovering from the
injuries he suffered in Monday's loss to Chicago.
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Smith injured his neck and shoulder when he dove over the top on this
play fake and landed on his head and shoulder.
The game was stopped for 10 minutes as Emmitt was immobilized and carted off
the field on a stretcher.
He spent Monday night in the hospital but all of the tests performed on his
neck and head were negative.
IN Q="While the x-rays...
((JERRY JONES/COWBOYS OWNER:))
((BARRY SWITZER/COWBOYS HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Jerry Jones/Cowboys Owner; :00
SUPER=01-Barry Switzer/Cowboys Head Coach; :18
OUT Q=...ALL GUESS WORK."
Emmitt will likely miss Sunday's game with the Giants, but there is a chance
he could play.
Top-seed Steffi Graf opens today's U-S Open schedule with a quarterfinal
match against Judith Weisner (VEES'-nur) before Jana Novotna (YAH'-nah
noh-VAHT'-nah) battles 15 year old Martina Hingis.
In men's quarterfinal action Six seed Andre Agassi battles number three
Thomas Muster (MOOS-tur).
Number two Micheal Chang squares off against Javier (HAH'-vee-ehr) Sanchez.
Last night Australia's Mark Philippoussis (fih-lih-POO'-sihs) brought his
cannon to the court in the form of a 133 mile per hour serve.
He had 17 aces but found his target only 49 perecent of the time.
Pete Sampras, on the other hand, had 11 aces and came away with a straight
Goran (ee-van-EE'-seh-vihch) Ivanisevic recorded 20 aces in his win over
Andrei Medvedev, but he blasted the tourney's officials, calling them out of
IN Q=Only in the United...
OUT Q=...THEY GONNA DIE."
Ivanisevic (ee-van-EE'-seh-vihch) now faces fan favorite Stefan Edberg.
The two time open champ beat Britian's Tim Henman in a four set Marathon
that lasted three hours and five minutes.
Monica Seles and Conchita
Martinez also claimed victories yesterday.
Tune in tonight to News 7 at Five and Six for the latest on local flooding.
That's all for News 7 at Noon.