The Roanoke County Administration Center on Bernard Drive in Roanoke will reopen on Friday, July 6 after a number of mechanical issues connected to the building’s cooling and ventilation systems were repaired. The building’s cooling and ventilation systems still aren’t functioning at 100% but enough of the issues were resolved that Roanoke County employees will be able to return to the building tomorrow. The Administration Center will open to the public at 8:00 a.m.
The Tuesday, July 10 Board of Supervisors meeting at the Roanoke County Administration remains canceled. The Board will hold a special meeting next week to vote to ratify the declaration of a “State of Emergency” – action necessary in order for Roanoke County to be eligible for possible state and national grants, loans, and reimbursements related to storm damage.
Roanoke County’s solid waste crews will pick up brush only on Saturday, July 7 for residents on the County’s “A-Week” trash collection schedule. On Monday, Tuesday, and part of the July 4 holiday, solid waste personnel picked up more than 225 tons of brush but it doesn’t appear the County will be able to get to every home on the “A-Week” schedule by the end of the week.
“We are now collecting brush in the West Salem area, which was one of the hardest hit areas of Roanoke County. Our crews are working overtime and we’re asking people to be patient with us. We will get to everyone just as soon as possible,” said General Services Director Anne Marie Green. Crews will pick up where they left off on Monday and hope to begin collecting brush from residents on the “B-Week” schedule by Tuesday or Wednesday. Please note that the delay only impacts the collection of brush. Solid waste crews are emptying garbage cans and picking up bulk on schedule.
Citizens in need of drinking water can fill containers and pick up free bottled water at six Roanoke County Fire and Rescue stations from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. through Friday. Citizens must bring their own containers to fill with water. The following is a list of the Fire and Rescue Stations where citizens can go to fill up on water: Hollins, Catawba, Clearbrook, Fort Lewis, Mason Cove, and Back Creek. “We still have plenty of bottled water available. If someone has a need for water after 5:00 p.m. on Friday, please call Roanoke County and we will make arrangements to help,” said Roanoke County Fire & Rescue Chief Rick Burch.
If citizens have needs or questions, please call Roanoke County’s non-emergency number at (540) 562-3265. The Evacuation Shelter at the Roanoke Civic Center will close at 10:00 a.m. on Friday.
Submitted by Roanoke County
TODAY’S STORM COVERAGE:
* Regional storm coverage and updates from The Roanoke Times
* Glenvar High Schools opens showers to the public
GENERAL STORM RESOURCES
* Weather journalist Kevin Myatt has weather updates on the Weather Journal
* Health department issues advisory for food following power outages
* Food writer Lindsey Nair has tips on how to deodorize a refrigerator or freezer after a power outage
* Roanoke County updates trash collection schedule
PREVIOUS STORM COVERAGE:
* July 4: Roanoke County offices will be closed all week, and other storm updates
* July 3: Salem says all power restored, but some live lines still down
* July 3: How outages in Salem/western Roanoke County compare to the rest of Virginia
* July 2: Roanoke County makes drinking water available at six locations Tuesday
* July 2: Lippizan Stallions to perform again tonight
* July 2: Salem warns some live power lines still down
* July 2: Roanoke County administration office closed Monday
* July 2: Roanoke County parks and rec office closed today
* July 1: Roanoke County offers cooling shelter
* July 1: Regional storm coverage for July 1 from The Roanoke Times
* June 30: Power could be out in parts of Roanoke County until July 7
*June 30: Regional storm coverage for June 30 from The Roanoke Times
*June 30: Rep. Morgan Griffith, R-Salem, issues statement on the storm
* June 30: Gov. Bob McDonnell declares state of emergency
*June 30: Lippizan Stallions event cancelled for Saturday; show added Monday
* June 30: Lippizan Stallions still performing this weekend at Green Hill Park, but at different location
* June 30: Shelter available to Roanoke County residents
* June 30: Salem Civic Center opens as a cooling center
* June 30: Roanoke County Fire & Rescue assess storm damage
* June 30: Green Ridge Recreation Center closed
* June 30: Early morning report on storm damage
* June 30: Storm ends Salem Red Sox game early
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