All roads leading into Spencer had reopened by Friday morning, although several secondary roads in the Reedy area remained blocked by gradually receding floodwater. Work is expected to begin Monday to repair a slip along U.S. 119 between Walton and Gandeeville that restricts traffic to one lane.
Williams said several Spencer businesses received heavy damage from flooding, including a Ford dealership and the Willard C. Starcher Co., which sells auto parts and industrial and medical gases. The Roane County Emergency Squad building was inundated with 3 feet of floodwater, and one ambulance was flooded before it could be moved.
Street crews already have begun collecting flood-damaged household goods. "They'll keep working through the weekend," Williams said. With help from the National Guard, he added, "we should have it cleaned up in three or four days."
Tomblin said that in response to public concerns, Division of Environmental Protection inspectors have examined the dams at two Spencer-area reservoirs -- Charles Fork Lake and Silcot Fork Lake -- and found them to be structurally sound and functioning normally.
No one was killed or injured in Thursday's flooding.
Water rose rapidly, starting early in the morning. Jordan Evans said she noticed the water from flood-swollen Spring Creek approaching her Front Street home at about 6:30 a.m., as she prepared for work.
"We had time to move the TV and the electronics upstairs, but our couches and maybe our washer and dryer are ruined," she said. "The flood totaled the truck -- it drowned," she said, pointing to a high water mark at the top of the cab's window.
"The water came all the way behind the house, but we were able to get up the hill to the street behind us," Evans said. "We weren't able to get back here until about 9 or 10 at night."
While a long list of cleanup chores and expenses awaited Evans and her neighbors, things could have been worse, she said.
"The good part is that everyone's OK."
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