Police thwarted by electronic doors during Virginia shooting

Virginia_Beach_Shooting_Key_Cards_01604 FILE - In this June 1, 2019, file photo, a law enforcement official stands at an entrance to a municipal building that was the scene of a shooting the day before in Virginia Beach, Va. Police responding to the deadly mass shooting were unable to confront the gunman at one point because they didn’t have the key cards needed to open doors on the second floor. Whether the delay contributed to the death toll is unclear, but the episode illustrated how door-lock technology that is supposed to protect people can hamper police and rescue workers in an emergency.
Virginia_Beach_Shooting_Key_Cards_65855 FILE - In this May 31, 2019, file photo, women wait by an entrance to the Virginia Beach Municipal Center following a shooting in the public works building in Virginia Beach, Va. Police responding to the deadly mass shooting were unable to confront the gunman at one point because they didn’t have the key cards needed to open doors on the second floor. Whether the delay contributed to the death toll is unclear, but the episode illustrated how door-lock technology that is supposed to protect people can hamper police and rescue workers in an emergency.
Virginia_Beach_Shooting_Key_Cards_60319 FILE - In this June 2, 2019, file photo, a volunteer prepares to place crosses for victims of a mass shooting at a municipal building in Virginia Beach, Va., at a nearby makeshift memorial. Police responding to the deadly mass shooting were unable to confront the gunman at one point because they didn’t have the key cards needed to open doors on the second floor. Whether the delay contributed to the death toll is unclear, but the episode illustrated how door-lock technology that is supposed to protect people can hamper police and rescue workers in an emergency.
Virginia_Beach_Shooting_Key_Cards_28207 FILE - In this May 31, 2019, file photo, a police officer walks at the scene after a mass shooting at a Virginia Beach municipal building in Virginia Beach, Va. Police responding to the deadly mass shooting were unable to confront the gunman at one point because they didn’t have the key cards needed to open doors on the second floor. Whether the delay contributed to the death toll is unclear, but the episode illustrated how door-lock technology that is supposed to protect people can hamper police and rescue workers in an emergency.
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ROANOKE, Va. — A Virginia road closed by a mudslide had to be reopened after a flood inundated the detour.

The Roanoke Times reports stretch of U.S. Route 460, just west of Narrows and about five miles from the West Virginia state line, has been fully closed since Saturday, a day after a mudslide loosened fill beneath the westbound lanes.

But when the New River, swollen by continuing rains, flooded Virginia Route 649, also known as Lurich Road, the only local detour around the closed section of U.S. Route 460.

Highway officials advise non-local traffic to use Interstates 81 and 77 as a bypass around U.S. 460.

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