You’ll have to forgive Melissa Miller if she sounds aggravated these days.
When heavy rains hit at the end of January, floodwaters filled the disabled grandmother’s yard and rose almost up to the bottom sash of her bathroom window. It was the umpteenth time in the 46 years she’s lived in her home that this has happened.
Miller and her 5-year-old grandson, Daymien[cq], spent that night with a friend in Vinton. They fled right after she called 911 and begged operators to have the fire department shut off electricity to her house, so it wouldn’t burn up from a short.
Once she returned, she found out a firefighter had reported her for hoarding, because she had piles of family possessions in her yard and house. Flurries of desperate and angry phone calls to Roanoke City Hall elicited only more vague and unsatisfying promises. Miller has heard them before. Read more »