ROANOKE, Va. -

High water blocked roads in Salem Thursday. And first responders remained busy helping people and pets reach dry land. Conditions did improve during the day, and the city was able to close an emergency shelter.

Thursday morning, the bridge at Mill Lane was closed, with water and debris spilling onto the pavement.

Portions of Riverside Drive were also blocked by rising flood waters. Two vehicles stalled as they tried to drive though deep water.

We met a group of cyclists who had traded an 80 mile ride to Alleghany Springs for a trip along the Roanoke River. They didn't allow the high water to stop their progress.

"So we have been doing the flood tour," Susie Boxley told us. "We have been trekking through a lot of places on this road that we probably should not have been going, but we've had a wonderful day and so far everything's safe and good."

High water on West River Road also caused detours around flood-prone areas.
Residents on Bohon Hollow Road were waiting for the water to drop Thursday morning, so they could clear debris from the low water bridge that serves their neighborhood.