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Radford University flooding puts dozens of cars under water

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10:45 a.m.

Storm Team 10 meteorologist Patrick McKee says the New River at Radford is expected to crest at 21 feet (major flood stage) early this afternoon.  The flooding is forecasted to end by midday on Friday, as the river drops below 14 feet (start of flood stage).


9:35 a.m.

From Dawn Jefferies, WSLS anchor in the field

Dozens of cars on the Radford University campus have been flooded, following Wednesday's severe storms.

Radford University spokeswoman Deanne Estrada says the Claytor Lake Dam Authority released water from the dam at midnight, and the university was not notified prior to its release.

Appalachian Power controls the release of water from the Claytor Dam.  A spokesman from the company has not yet been available for comment.

Estrada says the university was monitoring the situation overnight, and had police at the site.

She says students in residence halls were first notified at 10 p.m. Wednesday through announcements over the PA system and by knocking on doors, that flooding was a possibility.  Students were advised them to move their cars.  Estrada says students continued to be notified that way throughout the night.

Estrada said while they were monitoring the situation, the river did not flood until about 3:30 a.m. Thursday morning, and did so in less than an hour.

RU sent out a campus-wide alert at 5:15 a.m. Thursday, as the rising water reached Lot Z, to urge students to move their cars.

At 7:30 a.m., RU sent a second campus-wide alert to advise drivers to move their cars from Lot FF.

Dozens of cars in Lot Z, just below the Dedmon Center, are under water.  Students are still showing up to discover the condition their cars are in.  In total, the university estimates about 100 cars have been flooded.

The university says it will provide documentation to drivers about the flooding for insurance purposes.  RU asks drivers with flooded cars to call (540) 831-2100.

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