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While county and local officials know they cannot stop the town from flooding during heavy rain, they believe there are steps they can take to help lessen the impact in the future. The deluge that dropped over seven inches over the last two days of September was a big discussion topic during a pair of Monday meetings: a public safety committee in the afternoon in Eureka and that night with Roanoke's village board.

Although the response was appropriate and effective, officials feel there is room for improvement. According to Roanoke's Emergency Management Agency (EMS) Manager Mike Oltman, motorists were traveling through flood waters despite barricades being set up.

"Road closures were a huge issue,” Oltman said. “If (a road) is barricaded, it’s closed until someone from public safety removes them. We really need the public’s cooperation on this not to move the barricades. We can make it a learning experience and improve on everything we do.” 

Oltman suggested better barricades that are not easily moved, which village officials agreed those need to be purchased.

See article on Oct. 10 Woodford County Journal newsstands

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