April 17, 2011
Tornadoes and flash flooding have left at least six people dead in Virginia, and crews are continuing to assess damage that severe weekend storms caused across several areas of the state.
Gov. Bob McDonnell on Sunday declared a state of emergency, authorizing state agencies to assist local efforts in response and recovery efforts.
Virginia Department of Emergency Management spokesman Bob Spieldenner said Sunday that three people died and scores suffered
injuries in Gloucester County, where a tornado cut through a 12-mile swath, uprooting trees and destroying homes. Gloucester officials said the tornado ripped the roof off Page Middle School and destroyed part of the building, as well as overturned school
buses and cars.
Spieldenner says farther west, flash flooding killed two people in Waynesboro, and prompted other water rescues. Officials reported
flooding along the northern Interstate 81 corridor, and said
floodwaters damaged homes and other property.
Dominion Virginia Power reported that tens of thousands of
households lost electricity through the night, but that number fell
to about 6,600 by mid-day Sunday. Most remaining outages were in
the Gloucester and Northern Neck regions.
April 16, 2011
Heavy downpours and wind ripped through much of Central Virginia Saturday afternoon, with many counties seeing tornado watches and warnings throughout the day.
In Nelson County, rescue crews have been busy getting homeowners and drivers out of flash floods, as reported by Nelson County Life.
The website reports one family had to be rescued from their home, which was surrounded by water near the intersection of Route 250 and 151. Rising waters closed many streets.
There are many reports of downed trees throughout the area, including one that stopped a train in its tracks near Crozet.