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Peters Creek Flooding Community Meeting

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Just over three months ago, areas of Peters Creed Road were completely flooded after a major storm.

"I've seen it get up and next to the garage but never in the garage or house or anything," says Eric Snead, who lives off Peters Creek Road. "This was the worst."

On July 10, when the flooding happened, Snead was out of town, leaving him with no way to protect his property.

"When I came back I had firewood scattered, a fence torn down, leaves in my RV and my hotrod garage," Snead says. "My other garage had water two feet deep. It was pretty horrendous."

Snead, along with more than five dozen other members of the community, headed to the fire department on Peters Creek Road for a chance to share their stories and hear the city's plans for future flooding.

"I want to see what they're talking about. I'd actually like for them to buy my house, they're buying a few," Snead says. "I think next door they're buying. I'd like for them to move one more house."

Roanoke City engineer Phil Schrimer says that's something the city may be considering.

"We think the most effective way to mitigate the floods ... is acquire those properties and help the residents move to another location," Schrimer says.

Roanoke has applied for federal money and is now waiting on a decision to be made by FEMA, a process that could take as long as six months. Until then, they want to offer the community a chance to speak up.