Radford University students were shocked to wake up this morning to a devastating scene. Yesterday’s heavy rain caused the New River to rise and flood residential parking lot Z, located next to the Dedmon Center.
This student parking lot was completely underwater by 6 a.m. The RU alert system notified students that they should move their vehicles around 5:20 a.m.
According to RU student Jordan Brooks, he reached the parking lot by 5:50 a.m. The below photo is the devastation he found. This photo has many students questioning why RU alerts were not sent out before such damage occurred. Classes have not been canceled or delayed.
The students whose vehicles were damaged now have another college expense to shoulder. Students are curious if the university will do anything about it, but most are doubtful.
This video is from 9 a.m. this morning, showing the span and location of the damage. Adding to this wacky weather, it is currently snowing in Radford. Students who have their cars parked in residential lot Z can obviously do nothing but watch in horror from behind the “police line” tape, but students who have their cars parked in lot FF have also been alerted to move their vehicles in case that lot floods too.
Residents of the Greenhill apartments have been asked to move their vehicles to any available parking spots on main campus. The RU alert message states that this is simply a cautionary measure.
The city of Radford has also issued a water usage advisory. ” … The water supply has been affected by the overnight flooding of the New River … [and the city advises] students limit water usage to essentials only. Please limit showers to less than five minutes, and do not leave faucets running while shaving or brushing teeth,” reads the advisory email.
Showers must be delayed or minimized, but classes stubbornly continue.