Campbell County: Storm impact update

posted by Caroline J. Cook -

April 16, 2018 - Timberlake Road from Laxton Road to Waterlick Road in Lynchburg remains closed until further notice.  Officials are working to clear that corridor while also ensuring responders' and residens' safety in those areas. 

The Timberlake Road sustained the majority of damage.  Approximately 20 commercial buildings are reported as damaged.  Campbell County officials are still in the field assessing the impact to residential areas.  There are three known residential structures with damage; however, this number may increase.  There were no transportable injuries reported during last night's weather event. 

Crews continue to work on restoring power.  If you are experiencing a power outages:

  • Remember to turn off electronic equipment and unplug appliances to minimize the risk of surges.  Use surge protectors on appliances that cannot be disconnected.  
  • Assume all downed power lines are life; keep a safe distance and call your local power company. 
  • Dispose of food items that may have spoiled in a refrigerator or freezer in heavy-duty garbage bags and wash/sanitize your hands after contact.

Traffic lights may not be functional.  Stop at all intersections using the same traffic rules that you would at a stop sign.

Personal safety practices following a severe weather event include the following:

  • Use caution when removing fallen trees or grinding tree stumps; be aware of buried underground utilities. Virginia law requires citizens to call Miss Utility at 8-1-1 before beginning any excavation or if the need to locate utility services is essential to emergency response.
  • Carefully scan your home/property for damage; relocate to a safe destination until any damaged areas are repaired or professionally inspected and deemed safe.
  • Report any downed power lines to local service providers; DO NOT go near damaged lines or poles.
  • Stay clear of damaged areas unless your assistance has been specifically requested by law enforcement/public safety officials or relief organizations.
  • If natural gas appliances have been damaged, check with your gas service provider for instructions on how to safely and properly turn-off valves.
  • Limbs, brush and other natural debris may be taken to the Campbell County Landfill site (427 Livestock Road, off of Route 29 across from Foster Fuels). Citizens are reminded to ensure chain saws and other equipment are used safely when clearing properties. Wear gloves and appropriate protective clothing and shoes when using chain saws, log splitters, etc.

People are asked to use caution if removing any yard debris generated by the storm.  For tips on how and where to dispose of these materials, click HERE

Photo:  Cameron White


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