July 6, 2005
Nearly 30 hours after a major storm, work crews continue to clean up in an effort just to get things back to normal. Crews from across the state are here to help with the cleanup process. They'll be working all night to open about a dozen streets that are still closed because of downed trees and power lines.
"I just couldn't believe it. This tree, I never thought this tree would fall over. It's huge. I never saw it coming," said student Matthew Scfcik. He never imagined that an afternoon thunderstorm would destroy his car.
"I heard a loud crash. Our chimney collapsed on the house and our tree blew down. It knocked this second tree [down and they] both fell on top of our car," explained Scfcik.
That same storm has kept cleanup crews busy across Charlottesville. Some worked all night; others were brought in from as far away as West Virginia. Lloyd Dunivan and his crew spent the day trimming trees away from power lines.
"We're getting the downed lines," explained Dunivan of Asplundh Tree Service. "We're doing the line clearance--clearing them from anyting that's laying on the wires."
City workers say that at the height of the storm, 80 streets were blocked by downed trees and power lines.
"It was a pretty good size mess down here," said Dunivan.
It's a mess that will take days to cleanup. Crews are prepared to stay and help out for as long as they're needed.
"We are all worn out but we just have to keep on moving though, and just get the job done," said Dunivan.
It's a job that Matthew knows can't be done soon enough. "I've already contacted insurance--they're coming tomorrow to cut the tree down, and it's in their hands now, I guess," he said.
On Monday the Public Works Department will be picking up Storm Debris free of charge in the areas hardest hit by yesterday's storm.