The most severe flooding in Roanoke history occurred on November 4, 1985 when heavy storms from the remnants of Hurricane Juan stalled over the area. There were 10 deaths in and around Roanoke, including three who drove into flooded rivers, and three others who refused to evacuate. The floods damaged about 3,000 homes and 100 businesses. Overall monetary damage in the city was estimated at $225 million, with $520 million in the entire metropolitan area, making it the city's worst flood on record.
This 28 minute news segment covering the flood was produced by WDBJ Channel 7 of Roanoke and contains startling footage of the flood damage as well as eyewitness interviews from Roanoke area flood victims.
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