ROANOKE COUNTY, VA (July 5, 2012) — 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.