Community bands together to help following wind storm
Gloucester’s emergency services coordinator Creig Moore said last Thursday during a presentation on the storm to the Gloucester County Board of Supervisors, that the number of volunteers who showed up to help clear debris and make temporary repairs “spoke volumes” about the community.
According to Moore, a freak storm system the afternoon of Jan. 11 picked up speed while crossing the York River, fueling wind gusts of up to 89 miles per hour in areas of northern Gloucester County. About 50 homes were damaged by falling trees and debris.
He reported that dispatchers with the Gloucester County Sheriff’s Office received 252 calls in a four-hour period. “They did a phenomenal job,” Moore said of sheriff’s deputies triaging personnel to the most needed areas of Dominion Virginia Power restoring power and VDOT professionals clearing the roadways.
Assistance was also provided by the Virginia State Police, which provided extra troopers to ensure that damaged areas remained secure.