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Thousands still without power, clearing debris after weekend storm

About 10,000 APCO customers were in the dark Sunday evening

Weekend storms cause damage in Rockbridge County
Weekend storms cause damage in Rockbridge County

ROCKBRIDGE COUNTY, Va. – Among the hardest-hit areas from this weekend’s storm was Rockbridge County, where Mary Price wasn’t home but rushed over when a neighbor checked on her property.

“She called me back maybe 10 or 15 minutes later and said, ‘the garage is gone!’ and I said ‘What!” Price explained.

A 100-year-old oak tree uprooted from her backyard.

“I was just dumbfounded. It was like one of those things we couldn’t believe could ever actually happen,” said Price.

No one was hurt, and the damage didn’t knock out power.

Down the road, Cheryl Wong couldn’t say the same. Her power was restored Monday afternoon, after being in the dark for about 24 hours.

“I got so upset because I thought I was going to lose my food,” said Wong. “[The storm] was terrible! The trees went down. The wind was blowing!”

So she packed up $150 worth of food and went to a friend’s house.

On Monday, crews were still cleaning up across the region.

Dozens had to be evacuated from Lynchburg’s Sandusky Square Apartment on Friday.

Fire Chief Greg Wormser said the complex is considered to be a low-lying area.

“It’s common for flooding to occur in that area, and the city has done some work in that area to prevent flooding; so we do see that a little less frequently nowadays, but there is still the possibility that flooding can occur,” said Wormser.

As for power outages, 2,500 Appalachian Power customers were still without power Monday afternoon. That was down from 10,000 Sunday night.

Spokesperson Teresa Hall said the goal was to have lights back on for the majority of customers by Monday night, but those in harder-hit areas may not see power restored until Tuesday.

“The hardest-hit areas include the counties in the New River Valley, such as Giles, Floyd, and Montgomery; as well as Roanoke and Franklin counites,” said Hall.

Dominion Energy crews were also out turning lights on Monday.

“We still have 240 customer outages, that’s down from 3,000 at the high of these outages,” said spokesperson Peggy Fox.

Dominion Energy expects to have power fully restored by 11 p.m. Monday.


About the Author:

Tim Harfmann joined the 10 News team in September 2020 and works at the station's Lynchburg bureau.