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Local Flood Hazard


The Local Flood Hazard

Most of the severe flooding in Roanoke occurs along the following thirteen major creeks and rivers: Barnhardt (or Carvens) Creek, Garnard Branch, Glade Creek, Gum Spring, Lick Run, Mudlick Creek, Murdock Creek, Murray Run, Ore Branch, Peters Creek, Roanoke River, Tinker Creek and Trout Run. The flooding of November 1985 was the worst on record on the Roanoke River and many of the above tributaries. It was a reminder of the danger and damage that can result from widespread heavy rains in this area. The flooding of June 1995 was an example of an isolated storm that flooded streets, floated cars and seriously damaged buildings in the Garden City area, yet caused little damage elsewhere in the city. Because of the mountainous terrain throughout the Roanoke Valley, flooding on all of the creeks except the Roanoke River usually occurs quickly and with high velocities.

Flooding of Ore Branch near Fulton Motors

November 4, 1985
Flooding of Roanoke River near Franklin Road, S.W.

November 4, 1985