Rain Adding Up Quickly During Slow Moving Thunderstorms
Roanoke, VA - Slow moving thunderstorms moved across many locations in the Heart of Virginia Monday afternoon, including the Roanoke Valley, where rain caused flooding along roadways and areas of poor-drainage.
The heavy rain was highly localized, so even with the standing water on road surfaces, the Roanoke River is expected to stay within its banks. Scattered thunderstorms will remain in the forecast for much of this week.
The deluge that hit Roanoke Monday forced people in downtown to quickly find cover as the rain came with little warning and was sustained for about 45 minutes.
The sudden downpour caused local flooding throughout the city with some downtown streets covered with more than a foot of water.
Roanoke Fire and Rescue says they believe the rain caused a partial roof collapse at a vacant building near the intersection of Jefferson and Church Avenues.