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Road and EMS Crews Keeping Busy

By: Michael Gorsegner
By: Michael Gorsegner

September 1, 2006

After receiving nearly four inches of rain over a 48 period, our area is drenched. The soaking rains have kept road crews and Fire and EMS crews extremely busy.

"Storms, the tail end of hurricanes, tropical storms, we always know we are going to get hit hard. As you can see we have eight people in the station tonight because we knew we were going to be busy and we are," said Stony Point Volunteer Firefighter Bill Lawrence.

While rising flood waters have not been a problem, downed trees and power lines have.

"Half the trees down involve power lines so us and Virginia Dominion Power are extremely busy across the County," Lawrence said.

"We've mostly had problems with trees falling in the roadway in the right of way," said VDOT Administrator Darin Simpson.

VDOT crews have been out all day surveying the situation and clearing away tree and debris from the roadways. It took nearly an hour to clear a tree from Route 618 after it fell blocking the road. Trees also blocked portions of Route 795 and Red Hill Road for a short time. Even with all of the calls, VDOT believes they were prepared for the storm.

"You always prepare for the worst and hope for the best. We prepared like we would for any other event that was in the forecast," Simpson said.

While it's a lot of work, firefighters say it is also a little exciting.

"As long as its trees and we are helping people out and keeping the roadways open, there is some fun to it," Lawrence said.


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