WCFR respond to storm damage

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Warren County Fire and Rescue (WCFR) reports a very busy Sun. responding to the storm.

WCFR responded to over 20 calls for service on Sun. July 17.

Starting just after 4 p.m. a severe thunderstorm moved though the Warren County area producing over 2 inches of rain in a short period of time.

The rains caused flash flooding, damaging winds with cloud to ground lighting.

Front Royal, Rivermont and Shenandoah Shores communities hardest hit made up the majority of the calls.

Emergency personnel responded to two dwellings being struck by lightning and at least two homes damaged by fallen trees.

Crews often found large trees blocking roadways hampering their response throughout the county.

One occupant was temporarily confined after a power line dropped on the vehicle they were in near Bentonville.

Three juveniles were rescued from flash flooding of Happy Creek at Front Royal’s Main Street bridge.

The three were treated at the scene and then transported to Warren Memorial Hospital for further treatment and evaluation.

One motorist was trapped by high water on Stokes Airport Road which called for  multiple companies to perform the rescue.

No injuries were reported in that incident after that successful rescue was performed.

Emergency Medical Services did have to respond to a person electrocuted while attempting to repair electric lines damaged in the storm.

Sever weather safety tips from WCFR are available here.

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SVEC Storm Damage Update

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As of 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, SVEC is working as quickly and safely as possible to restore about 660 outages, at about a dozen locations, in an effort to have everyone back on by Wednesday morning. At this time, because of the severity of storm damage, there are situations in Frederick County and northern Shenandoah County that may not have service restored until daylight Wednesday.

We advise members to please make appropriate accommodations if they live in those areas. We have as many crews working as possible to avoid lengthy outages.

For the latest outage numbers, please visit the Outage Center at svec.coop.

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VDOT reschedules sinkhole work after July 4

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The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) announced in an email the rescheduling of the sinkhole repair in Shenandoah County.

As Ken Slack always says road work is weather permitting.

The sinkhole work on Interstate 81 north in Shenandoah County was scheduled to start June 22.

With the heavy rains the work has to be rescheduled.

VDOT announced the work will now have to wait until after the Independence Day weekend.

An announcement will be made in the meantime the temporary patch in place is being monitored constantly by VDOT.

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REC responds to power loss from the storms

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Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) reports that they and mutual aid crews are responding as quickly and safely as possible after the June 22 storms.

As of  last night more than 13,000 member owners remained without power after what has been described as tornado like damage in an email from REC.

Nearly 180 separate outage events have been reported.

Crews continue to discover broken poles and downed wires and trees.

In the Warrenton area at least seven poles in a row were found to be broken along Route 211.

Severe weather throughout the evening complicated restoration efforts as crews continue to work to restore power.

Rappahannock Electric Cooperative reminds citizens to remain safe if you find a downed wire stay away from.

Always assume the wire is energized stay at least 10 feet away from it and anything in contact with it.

Call 911 as well as the Cooperative to report any downed wires.

Always unplug any appliances that may have been on when power went out as it will be in the same mode when power returns.

Always report power outages even if you believe neighbors have done so.

Report an outage and find progress of restoration efforts using your smart phone at myrec.coop or right here.

A direct link to all things REC is found here.

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WF&R rescues residents from storm damage

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On Saturday July 17 it was Winchester’s Friendship Fire Company who were flagged down by a local resident who reported an accident.

As they arrived on the scene they found a metal roof of 200-220 East street had been blown off of the building and wrapped around several vehicles trapping 4 residents in their vehicle.

Fire fighters were able to extract without incident or injury.

As a result of extensive interior water damage caused by strong storms , units 200-220 were declared unsafe for habitation by the City’s Building Official.

55 occupants and multiple pets were evacuated from the properties.

As of July 19 the structure has been covered and the permits and repairs are being handled.

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