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Storms knock out power, down trees

Severe thunderstorms on Saturday and Sunday knocked out power and downed trees throughout Colonial Beach during Riverfest weekend. On Saturday, the storms subsided in time for the carnival and fireworks show to go on.

The worst storm occurred on Sunday afternoon. High winds uprooted a large tree that fell onto two cars parked at the Wilder parking lot; one car had two occupants. No serious injuries were reported. There were approximately 20 incidents reported

including downed trees, trees on cars, power lines down, wind damage and transformers on fire.

Downed trees blocking roads were reported on Irving Avenue, Marshall Avenue, Ball Street and 11th Street.

Public works employees, with the assistance of Colonial Beach Volunteer Fire Department, Colonial Beach Police Department, Colonial Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad, Dominion Power, and VDOT had cleared most debris by 11 p.m. Sunday night. According to Police Chief Kenneth Blevins “90 percent of homes had power restored within two hours.”

Colonial Beach Volunteer Fire Department Chief Jim Jett reported there were approximately 25 town volunteers assisting clean up efforts with assistance from King George Company 2 and volunteers from the Dahlgren fire station.

According to Town Manager Val Foulds “I cannot say enough about the team of people who work for this town. Everybody pulled together.”

 

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