Nov 5, 1985 6.6 inches of rain caused the Roanoke River to crest over 23 ft causing the worst floods in city history.
5 days after Hurricane Juan struck the gulf coast near Pensacola Florida, it spawned a storm system that stalled just west of Washington D.C. The storm lingered for 24 hours soaking parts of Virginia and West Virginia.
In Roanoke, 10 died in the floods, with more than $500 million in damages.
The Flood of 1985 in Roanoke, Virginia.