Downed Trees and Power Lines

By: Lindsey Ward
By: Lindsey Ward

April 16, 2007

“We have trees down all over the place,” said Steve Wilkins, Albemarle County Police.

Today's high winds are keeping police, V-Dot and Virginia Power very busy.

“From midnight on to about now there has been fifty to sixty calls for service for alarms, trees down, power lines down things like that,” said Wilkins.

According to Virginia Power just in our area nearly 6,000 people are with out electricity and there is total of nearly 36,000 outages across the state.

However, these high winds had a little help knocking down trees.

“The rain that we had over the past couple of days has loosened a lot of dirt so that's one of the reasons we are seeing the trees come down,” said Ric Barrick, Charlottesville Spokesperson.

Barrick said the number of power outages in the city continues to rise and if you find a downed powerline call the city's non-emergency line immediately.

“If there is a power line in your neighborhood that's down and you do not see orange tape around that area that means we have not gotten to the scene to take care of it,” said Barrick.

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