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and i'm lindsey ward. the recent winter weather is over... but many families across south- west virginia have yet to breathe a sigh of relief. many woke up to power outages... and broken tree limbs on their homes... cars... or across their paths. that's on top of the snow and ice already coating roads. emergency crews were out today... to lend a hand to those in need. wsls 10's christina craig spoke to roanoke city fire personnel who are back on clean up patrol. what was today like for them... christina? in some areas trees are down on power lines and laying across roads blocking traffic. talk about hard labor! roanoke city fire department clean up crews are sure building up a sweat working to clear these fallen trees. the department says southwest roanoke was hit hard...and that's where many of it's crews are assisting where help is needed. the mixture of snow and ice weighing on branches --
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fire crews are using everything from chainsaws, extra engines, manpower. department "whether it's fighting fire, e-m-s calls, car accidents... everything in our job is demanding one way or another so, you come to work knowing you could be working all day and all night long. that's the price we pay for the job we do." all the help they can get...because they're trying to clean up the roads as quick as they can work. crews have been out since 8 a-m and since we last checked -- clean up trucks are still working in southwest roanoke. christina, i understand crews have received a number of work calls... will these crews plan to continue clearing trees tomorrow? yes, crews will continue to work into the evening and resume
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in roanoke, christina craig, wsls10. danville utility crews have been working all day to restore power to the roughly 750 people in the city who lost power as a result of yesterday's storm. crews spent much of the day replacing a utility pole in the 3-hundred block of kennon road. a tree in the yard of one of the homes on the street fell and landed on the power lines. that created a domino effect, pulling down those lines and several surrounding lines. utility workers say ... they're glad they didn't have as many power outages from this storm as they did about a year ago. that's when around 25- hundred people lost power. "if it had kept raining and the temperature had staid around freezing, 31 to 32 degrees, we would've had a lot more people out. we're pretty lucky; we think we're lucky." the city says the majority of the power outages were in western
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workers say ... they expect to have everyone's power restored by the end of the day. people in danville aren't the only ones without power. this winter storm caused outages across the region. appalachian power says ... ice and trees laying on power lines lead to nearly 35-thousand shortages in franklin...henry... and roanoke counties. crews started working around eight this morning to fix the problem. however, this is not a quick fix. restoring power to everyone could take three to four days. kenney bonne, site manager with power "depends on the situation. i mean, if it's just a wire down we have to isolate it, take the switch off and isolate it, and put ground on it. if you can get a bucket truck it's real easy to fix. if you have to get into the backyards to climb it takes a little bit longer." the department says it's easier to get power back on in rural areas where they deal with less obstacles. crews will continue working until about 10 o'clock tonight. they'll resume their work
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while crews are out doing their best... several outages remain in effect across the area. power... less than 5- percent of its power... but that equals thousands of homes in south- west virginia. are more than 57-hundred people without power. meanwhile... dominion power is reporting nearly complete power south-side... in botetourt and alleghany counties. for more on local outages... head to our website... w-s-l-s dot com. the worst of the wild winter weather is behind us... but there are still concerns. tonight... temperatures may drop enough to refreeze the run-off from the storm. for more on which areas could see more ice... let's turn it over to storm team ten chief meteorologist jeff haniewich... jeff? after yesterday's snow and ice and last night's ice and rain, it was nice to see the sun return on tuesday. however, we will still be dealing with the ramifications of the last storm, as there
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due to downed trees and powerlines. also, we will be monitoring the river levels over the next couple of days because of all the precipitation that fell. a weak clipper system will impact the region tonight bringing some light precipitation with it. we will start to see some light snow showers work their way into the southern nrv and mountain empire during the mid- evening hours. as the storm progresses east towards southside, the light snow showers could changeover to rain showers. some flurries are possible across southside, but the light accumulations should stay just west of you into the nrv and mountain empire. these locations could see up to 1" 0-1" of snow. all this is gone by daybreak wednesday. tonight: turning mostly cloudy with sct. light snow/rain showers possible, especially south of highway 460. lows in the upper 20s and lower 30s.
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while there may be some slick surfaces to watch out for... roads are currently clear of any major accidents. crews spend the day cleaning up crews spend the day cleaning up after the latest winter storm that left many roads dangerous or even impassable. in floyd county... the weather reminds many elderly and disabled people of the possibility that something could happen to them, and no one to them. now, the floyd county sheriff's office has a new program designed to keep that from happening all year long. wsls 10's bethany teague nats rise and shine floyd. sheriff brian craig, floyd county "we want to be that person that checks on them." this program launched just days ago under the direction of newly elected floyd county sheriff brian craig. sheriff brian craig, floyd county :17 - :19 "our dispatch will call them
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hours of nine and ten every morning, seven days a week 365 days a year, just to check and make sure they made it through the night okay." these calls go out to elderly or disabled residents who don't have someone checking on them daily. nats 80-year-old delores hammett was one of the first to sign up. delores hammett, rise and shine member :35 - :38 "it's a sad thing that an old person has worked all their lives, and then all of a sudden, there's no family, and you're left alone. it was frightening." craig came up with the idea after a difficult call he answered years ago as a deputy. sheriff brian craig, floyd county "an individual had fallen. when we got there, she had been down for a couple of days." the thought that that could be her.. haunts hammett every day. delores hammett, rise and shine member "how am i going to get to a phone? and these buttons, what good are they if you're knocked out? nothing." but now.. no matter what happens.. participants know they will get a call in the morning.
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times. if there's still no answer.. an officer will be sent to check things out. delores hammett, rise and shine member "our knight in shining armor. it takes a load off. you have no idea what it's like." the program is open to all who are interested. the goal is to have at least ten to 15 people on the call list for the first year. in floyd bethany teague wsls 10. in your w-s-l-s ten crime tracker... one of the suspects charged in connection to the disappearance of the lyon sisters pleads no contest to a perjury charge. leslie engleking entered the plea in bedford county circuit court this morning. during the hearing ... commonwealth's attorney randy krantz said ... engleking testified twice and made false statements to protect his sister ... patricia welch. she's also charged with perjury in the lyon sisters case. katherine and sheila lyon went missing from a maryland mall 40-years ago. it's believed they were eventually brought to bedford county. engleking is scheduled to be
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former bedford police officer ... brian mcalexander ... who's facing child pornography charges is expected to be out on bond. attorneys reached an agreement to set bond at 20- thousand dollars this afternoon in bedford county circuit court. there are some conditions as part of the bond. mcalexander is not allowed to leave the commonwealth ... he's not allowed to access or use the internet ... and he must stay with his mother in collinsville. he'll be allowed to travel one day a week for necessities or religious services. attorney advisement hearing on friday. the snow may be melting... but memories never fade. show us your favorite snow day memories! you can send in your pictures via com... or post them on our w-s-l-s ten facebook page. more jobs could be on the way for bedford... thanks to a new 20-thousand
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this is a live look from our airport skycam. after yesterday's snow and ice and last night's ice and rain, it was nice to see the sun return on tuesday. however, we will still be of the last storm, as there numerous power outages due to downed trees and
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monitoring the river levels over the next couple of days because of all the precipitation that fell. a weak clipper system will impact the region tonight bringing some light precipitation with it. we will start to see some light snow showers work their way into the southern nrv and mountain empire during the mid- evening hours. as the storm progresses east towards southside, the light snow showers could changeover to rain showers. some flurries are possible across southside, but the light accumulations should stay just west of you into the nrv and mountain empire. these locations could see up to 1" 0-1" of snow. all this is gone by
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tonight: turning mostly cloudy with sct. light snow/rain showers possible, especially south of highway 460. lows in the upper 20s and lower 30s. please be aware of the potential for some re- freezing. wednesday: increasing sunshine, a little breezy with highs in the mid-to-upper 40s. we look to stay dry for the latter part of the work week. thursday will be mainly sunny with highs in the middle 40s. friday may see a little more cloud cover.we'll call it partly sunny. temperatures will rise into the upper 40s. the weekend will see the mercury skyrocket! we will climb into the low-to-mid
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dry under a mix of sun and clouds, but sunday clouds will thicken and we will have the chance for just a few showers. monday will be mostly cloudy with passing showers possible. it will stay warm with highs in the upper 50s. however, much colder air comes in on tuesday alongside our next weather- maker. tuesday will be mostly cloudy with a rain/snow mix out near 40. dawn i'm dawn jefferies here dawn i'm dawn jefferies here in the
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what's coming up tonight at 5-30. vo the latest winter storm is behind us and warmer temperatures on the way but we're not out of the woods yet. melted snow is pooling on the roads and raising river levels. w-s-l-s ten meteorologist alan auglis checks for signs of flooding. vo plus... danville looks to put more officers on the streets. why the police department says adding a few more positions can make a big difference. on cam
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in your w-s-l-s ten economic news... families in radford now have more access to healthy food... thanks to a new grant. new river community action now has an extra 500-dollars to feed local families in need. the money comes from the food lion feeds charitable foundation. the n-r-c-a says it will go to the radford fairlawn food pantry. the extra money comes just in time for the community. last year... the food pantry fed 11-hundred people. organizers say ... they expect to
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a 20-thousand dollar grant is making its way to bedford. governor terry mcauliffe announced the virginia main street grants today. the state is handing out 150- thousand dollars in grants to help historic downtown neighborhoods. mcauliffe says ... the grants create jobs within the community and boost revenue. in bedford... the money is intended to help the economic revitalization of the downtown district... by helping implement new strategies to increase private investment. the grant adds to the town's other efforts to bring in more business. bedford is also working on a loan program to help start up businesses get off the ground... along with a business bootcamp. while it may seem like tax season just started... experts say it's best you file your return now... before someone else does. the 20-16 tax season started just about a month ago and ... the i-r-s is already dealing with a massive amount of fraudulent tax returns. experts
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traced back to last year's data security breaches... which gave thieves access to millions of social security numbers. "in most cases, we're hearing that they're e- filing. they're just doing this in bulk...massive amounts of returns and they know a lot of these are going to get rejected, they're going to be caught by the irs." experts say thanks to new security measures... a lot of fraudulent returns are being flagged... but they add... the best way to early. soldiers with p- t-s-d are sweating it out.
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.. an old treatment is being used in a new way to help veterans with p- t-s-d. sweat lodges are being used to help soldiers recover. it was thought up by a marine veteran ... who has the veterans pray... sing... and play drums in complete darkness... all while
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special agent kevin cheek / military liaison, air force "i've deployed five times. i've been there and back, and all that negative baggage that you collect and the things that you see and stuff like that, this helps you cope. this helps you deal with all that." the military recognizes using sweat lodges as a religious practice. chaplains recommend soldiers use them to help with p-t-s-d. next. stay with us for w-s-l-s ten at
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now at five- thirty ... south-west virginia's weather concerns didn't end when the winter weather moved out. we check local roads and water ways for signs of flooding. the effort to preserve botetourt county's greenfield plantation is looking for new allies. how the county is reaching out to preserve its history. "having more is better from an
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danville police look to up their numbers. why they say the addition of four more officers can make a big difference for danville. snow shovels and chainsaws were out in full force today as people worked to dig out from under yesterday's storm. inches of snow blanketed much of south-west virginia sunday night... into monday morning. but monday afternoon... freezing rain touched down ... and added ice to the mix... bringing broken branches and power outages along with it. the snow and ice is melting but now a new challenge rises ... flooding. wsls 10 meteorologist alan auglis has a look at how the streams and creeks are looking right now... alan... what do you see? we are live along tinker creek and 13th street and as you can see behind me, downed trees are the problem tonight on area

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