WCAV-WVAW-WAHU | Charlottesville, Virginia | News, Weather & Sports

Charlottesville Fire Chief Assesses Storm Damage

June 25, 2010

Charlottesville Fire Chief Charles Werner spent Friday driving the streets of Charlottesville, getting a first-hand look at the damage.

Along the way, he sent CBS19 pictures of the damage. Werner spoke with the Newsplex about the damage:

"This is very reminiscent of the last tropical storm, Isabel, that came through Charlottesville. Although it's not as wide spread, the areas that are affected are very similar. The amount of debris, the amount of destruction of the trees, the wires intertwined with the trees, the roads that are blocked.

"With all of that combined, it's really made it a complicated morning for people's travel. What people don't realize, if they aren't in the affected areas, is just how much damage has occurred. I was amazed to see that within what was literally minutes by everyone's accounts, that so much damage was done so quickly.

"Right next door to us, we had a chimney on the church that was blown off. Generally, you wouldn't have something like that. In this case, there wasn't any. In this case, when we see that power lines are snapped in two -- they are just toothpicks. When we see trees that are uprooted of various sizes, that are very well established and look like healthy trees, when we see that trees have blown over and split a house in two, literally, all these combined factors are overwhelming.

"It's amazing that we manage to get by without having any real serious injuries."


The comments sections of Newsplex.com are designed for thoughtful, intelligent conversation and debate. We want to hear from our viewers, but we only ask that you use your best judgment. E-mail is required, but will not be displayed with comment.

  • Comments cannot be profane or vulgar. We will not post comments that use profanity or cross the lines of good taste.
  • We will not post comments that use hate speech. Slurs, stereotypes and violent talk aren’t welcome on our website.
  • Comments should not attack other readers or people featured in our stories personally. Any accusations should be backed up with facts.
  • Any comment we post will be posted in its entirety. We do not edit any comment that we post.
     
  • Comments should contribute to the discussion. We will not post comments that don't advance the discussion. Flaming and/or trolling will not be tolerated.
     
  • Comments should not attack other posters. Let's keep the focus on the content of the story.

    As a host Newsplex.com welcomes a wide spectrum of opinions. However this is a site that we host. We have a responsibility to all our readers to try to keep our comment section fair and decent. For that reason The Newsplex reserves the right to not post or to remove any comment.

    If you have any ideas to improve the conversation or this section let us know. Send an e-mail to webmaster@newsplex.com.

 

powered by Disqus
The Charlottesville Newsplex 999 2nd Street S.E. Charlottesville, VA 22902 434.242.1919 – Main 434.220.7522 - Newsroom
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 97186844