The coordination and volunteer efforts of citizens and various state agencies provided a positive outcome for what could have been a dire situation following a wind storm Jan. 11 that caused damage to about 50 homes in Gloucester County. Above, Virginia State trooper Jeff Teagle works with Virginia Department of Transportation employee Carl Johnston to help keep secure the homes hardest hit along Pine Grove Road in Pinetta. Photo by Quinton Sheppard
If there is anything positive to be found about the Jan. 11 wind storm that caused so much destruction to homes in Pinetta and other areas of Gloucester County, it showed yet again the caliber of the community, pulling together, neighbor helping neighbor, to get things done.
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.