Identities of tornado victims released

Quinton Sheppard - Posted on Apr 18, 2011 - 11:47 AM

The identities of the three deceased victims of Saturday’s tornado were released this morning.

County spokesperson Christi Lewis said the people who lost their lives during the devastation are Periccis Gerasimos Koutsoumbinas 60, Richard Lynn Ingram, 53, and Cecil Wray Page Jr., 90, who suffered a medical emergency. Page’s death was not related to the storm damage, Lewis said.

In other news, Gov. Bob McDonnell toured the devastated areas of eastern Virginia by ground and air Monday morning. From there, he was scheduled to visit with residents affected by the tornado at the emergency shelter set up at Bellamy United Methodist Church.

Gloucester County Public Schools are closed today. Lewis said all school-based staff will report at 11 a.m. today, and all district staff reported on time. Page Middle School personnel will report to the auditorium at Peasley Middle School at 11 a.m. School officials are assessing the damages to Page Middle School and ironing out details to implement an action plan, Lewis added.

Also, Lewis announced that all community activities normally held at Page Middle School and T.C. Walker Elementary School are cancelled for this evening. The departments of Community Education and Parks, Recreation and Tourism are currently working on a plan to move all of Parks and Recreation activities from Page to other schools.

Dominion Virginia Power work crews continue to address the outages in affected areas. Residents are asked to contact Dominion Virginia Power at 1-866-DOMHELP (366-4357) for information regarding the length of time power will be out. 

Cox Communications’ network in Gloucester suffered significant damage. Lewis said the company has crews working around the clock on damage assessments and construction plans. Cox’s work follows road clearing and Dominion Power work crews to complete their necessary repairs.

Lewis said the Gloucester County Sheriff’s Office continues to urge the public to stay out of the heavily affected areas unless they live there. There is still significant debris, trees, and power lines down, so there is a risk of people going into those areas and getting injured. Sheriff’s deputies will be maintaining security in those areas, as well as security at Page Middle School.

Roads in the Coke, Cedar Bush, Glen Roy and Ware Neck areas remain closed to traffic.