Roanoke Officials Prepare for Sandy

Roanoke, VA - Officials in the Roanoke Valley are hoping the only thing they have to deal with during Sandy is wind.

Roanoke city leaders have been briefed on the latest forecast on the path of Hurricane Sandy and how that storm will impact the Roanoke Valley.

The good news is that the torrential rain possibility is gone, however gusting winds up to 60 miles an hour, all night has Roanoke's urban forester Dan Henry very busy.

"Our first priority is to keep the road clear. A lot of trees happen to fall over in the streets and we're usually the first responder to go out and get the street clear so the traffic can flow," said Henry.

So while the crews are out on their regular business, their priorities have changed in the lead up to the storm.

"We are prioritizing our hazard trees; trees that we know may be more susceptible to wind damage," said Henry.

Which included several stops in downtown Roanoke taking care of issues left over from the June derecho.

That shift in priorities makes Amy Owen happy.

"I'm just glad it's down before it takes the power out to the whole street," said Owen.

She's been trying for months to get an old tree off the wires and was told just last week it would be a while longer.

"He said it was going to be sixty days. So I was pleasantly surprised this morning when they were out here to take it down for me," said Owen.