I'm Connie Stevens, sitting in for Ron Jones, now on assignment.
We'll come back to tennis momentarily but first we've got an update on
flooding conditions around the region.
The most serious damage has of course occurred in Danville and Pittsylvania
County-- where state and federal officials flew in today to survey the
The Dan River is the culprit there-- it crested this morning at near-record
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Steve Smallshaw joins us now, from the Danville Airport with the latest.
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(Roll Cue: there getting to old hands at dealing with old man river.)
SUPER=01-Dan Sleeper/Halifax Co. Adminstrator; :28
SUPER=01-James Lee Witt/FEMA Secretary; 1:20
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Danville residents are still feeling the impact of tropical storm Fran.
Some businesses are remian closed and many residents are still without
Federal officials toured the area again today so some help may soon be on
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SUPER=01-Edward Richardson/Mt. Carmel Baptist Church; :22
SUPER=01-Doug Young/Danville Emergency Services; :46
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(( For the second time in a week flood waters rocked the Mount Carmel Baptist
And for the second time in as many day Governor George Allen visited the
Water Street church.
This time FEMA officials, Senator John Warner and Senator Chuck Robb joined
him in assessing the damage in Danville.
Everything inside the church was a total loss.
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((EDWARD RICHARDSON/MT CARMEL BAPTIST CHURCH: A CHURCH THAT'S TOTALED. THE
MAIN SANCTUARY THAT'S TOTALLY DESTROYED. HOUSES THAT'S FULL OF WATER AGAIN.
LOOKS LIKE JUST A REPEAT OF THURSDAY NIGHT.))
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The flood waters are receeding, but two main thoroughfares, River Street and
Goodyear Blvd., are still closed.
And five to six thousands homes in the city are still without power.
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((DOUG YOUNG/DANVILLE EMERGENCY SERVICES: WE'VE MADE ARRANGEMENTS WITH FOUR
DIFFERENT LOCALITIES IN TENNESSEE AND PARTS OF SOUTHWESTERN VIRGINIA AND THEY
GAVE US SIX CREWS AND THEY GOT HERE AT MIDNIGHT. THEY'VE BEEN BRIEFED AND
THEY'RE OUT AND A BOUT RIGHT NOW.))
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Doug Young says it will probably be several days before electricity is
restored to all Danville residents.
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And Connie, officials say they expect all roads in the city will be open by
Hurricane Fran is to blame for 21 deaths-- including a woman in Highland
53-year-old Selma Botkin was killed when the all-terrain vehicle she was
driving was swept away in flood waters yesterday afternoon.
Another death occurred in Fairfax, in Northern Virginia.
The count includes another 16 deaths in North Carolina-- four were reported
today, plus another two in South Carolina and two in West Virginia.
To recap-- parts of southside will receive individual and business financial
assistance through a federal disaster declaration.
Also, the state has set up a system for people to offer and receive
SUPER=45-Flood Relief Donations/1-800-747-8920;
donations and assistance--
You can call 1-800-747-8920, to give or receive help from charitable and
community service organizations.
That's it for this News 7 UPDATE.
We'll have the complete news and weather...coming up on News 7 at ELEVEN,
Thanks for watching.
right after the football game.