Roanoke, VA

Several local Greenways were affected by heavy rains and may be closed temporarily

Cheryl E Preston
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Flooding affects local Greenways

The lower Wiley Avenue Bridge is covered by flood water after recent rains which has led to part of the Roanoke River Greenway being closed. Memorial Day flooding is the reason the bridge is underwater and Roanoke City officials say the trail will be closed until further notice. Wiley Ave is not the only Greenway that has been affected by the heavy rain. City employees will also be working on the Lick Run Greenway near 10th Street NW, the Tinker Creek Greenway near Dale Avenue and Kenwood Boulevard NE, and The Roanoke River Greenway along Bennington Street SW and under 9th Street.

Whenever we have large rain events, several areas of the greenway tend to take on water, so we suggest you stick to Mill Mountain and Lick Run greenways as they tend to stay dry. And as always, please be respectful of our natural-surface trails🙏 If they're wet, hike/bike somewhere else until they dry out. Thank you all for your patience and cooperation.

The Roanoke River is 1300 miles long and stretches into North Carolina. Locals found out how vulnerable these waters are after the flood of 1985. On Thursday water could be seen rushing over the bridge but at that time it was only 7 feet and expected to be 8 feet soon. The National Weather Service the water has to rise to 10 feet at Wiley Drive to be considered a flood risk. Be on the lookout for updates to find out when it will be safe to return to the Greenway trails. Bikers and hikers are advised to always avoid wet trails.

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