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Propane tank adds danger to Galax flooding

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By Shaina Stockton, Staff

Rain water ponded to three feet in Galax’s low-lying Bottom neighborhood after a heavy downpour on Tuesday, this time spilling over onto heavily traveled Meadow Street.
The Galax Fire Department and the Galax Police Department responded to Givens Street that afternoon following a sudden rain storm that flooded the neighborhood. The water dislodged a propane tank from behind Southern States.
The 50-gallon tank was leaking as it floated away towards homes on Givens Street.
The tank was considered a hazard because of its potential to explode.

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According to Galax Fire Chief David Hankley, a neighbor retrieved the tank and Galax Police Captain James Cox turned the valve off.
The propane company that owned the tank was then called to retrieve it.
“No damage was done,” Hankley said.
As the afternoon continued, the police department was busy setting up road blocks on Givens and Meadow streets. The rain collected in these areas, creating water too deep for cars to drive through.
The water also flooded into several residences and businesses, and several porches and doorsteps.
The police department set up road blocks on Givens and Meadow, and their side streets.
Officers later doubled up on the signs when drivers ignored them and veered around them.
The department had to assist one individual who attempted to drive across the ponding area of Meadow Street, and became stuck in the water.
After about an hour, the waters receded.
The neighborhood floods because of inadequate stormwater drainage. The city has received grants to improve the system, but work has not begun.