Without the Roanoke River Flood Reduction Project, city leaders say they firmly believe they never would have been able to pull off the annual Independence Day fireworks show because the River's Edge area would have been underwater.
"I think the flood reduction project really served us well during the rains we had [late on July 3 and early on July 4]," said Roanoke city engineer Phil Schirmer.
The project took years to complete, and cost millions in taxpayer dollars, but city leaders said the facts clearly show that it's living up to expectations.
Schirmer said the city considered the July 3-4 flooding event a 25-year storm.
The Roanoke River crested at 14.5 feet, Schirmer said.
He said areas that normally would have flooded before the project did not following the July 3-4 event.
Schirmer said the city suffered damage to a couple of bridges on the greenway, but that was about it.