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Roanoke Fire-EMS Answers 21 Swift Water Rescue Calls in Two Hours

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The Roanoke Fire-EMS Department answered 21 swift water rescue calls in two hours, according to department spokeswoman Tiffany Bradbury.

The Roanoke City E-911 Center was in full crisis mode Wednesday afternoon.

E-911 director Mike Crockett said he had 15 dispatchers answering calls during the height of the flash flooding around 5 p.m., double his usual staff for that time.

Members of Roanoke Fire-EMS, the Roanoke Police Department, the city's emergency management director, and a representative from the city streets department all worked together to get resources where they needed to be.

The E-911 Center was in crisis mode for over two hours.