Localities begin the task of recovering from Hurricane Irene

by Quinton Sheppard - Posted on Aug 27, 2011 - 04:54 PM

Photo: Irene churns the bay off Gwynn's Island around 6 p.m. Saturday. Photo by Charlotte Crist.

Irene churns the bay off Gwynn's Island around 6 p.m. Saturday. Photo by Charlotte Crist.

Photo: Richardson's Drug Store at the corner of Church and Main in Mathews has sandbags stacked to ward off possible flood waters. Photo by Charlotte Crist.

Richardson's Drug Store at the corner of Church and Main in Mathews has sandbags stacked to ward off possible flood waters. Photo by Charlotte Crist.

Gloucester residents seemed to fair pretty well during Hurricane Irene. Driving up and down Route 17 early Sunday morning, residents were seen heading out on the roadways to assess the damages in their neighboring communities. Lines at fast food restaurants were stretching out  to the main road with residents who lost power seeking a hot breakfast.

 Several roads in the Guinea area were flooded, but no major reports of flooding have been announced by county officials.

According to county spokesperson Christi Lewis, emergency management personnel, emergency responders, Dominion Virginia Power are working to address the significant number of trees and power lines down blocking roads and causing wide-spread power outages.  “The patience and understanding of citizens is greatly appreciated,” Lewis said.  She urged residents not call 911 to report electrical outages of downed trees as this line needs to stay open for life-threatening emergencies only.

Lewis reported on Sunday that approximately 75 percent of Gloucester County was without power.  “Residents should be prepared to be without power for an extended period of time,” she said.  “People with special medical needs requiring electricity or oxygen should immediately make arrangements to stay with friends or family who have electricity.”

Dominion reported on Monday that it will restore power to 90-95 percent of customers affected by Irene-related outages by the end of the day Friday. Seventy-five percent will be restored by the end of the workday on Wednesday.  In Northern Virginia, where Irene had lesser impact, restoration is expected to be completed tomorrow.