Crews work to restore power, clean up debris in Danville after severe weather

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DANVILLE, Va. (WFXR News) — “Some of these people have lived here much longer than I have. This is definitely the worst I’ve seen and from what they say, it’s the worst they’ve seen,” James Jordan said. He has lived in Westover Hills for 14 years.

Storms moved through Pittsylvania County and Danville Thursday afternoon. One particular storm produced a microburst, which caused straight-line wind damage in the Westover Hills area.

Numerous downed trees were reported from Thursday’s storm. Several trees fell onto a log house in the Westover Hills area. There were still some without power.

Crews were able to re-energize the one remaining feeder circuit that had been out of service in the Westover Hills area. They also replaced broken poles and restored service to customers.

Jordan spent much of Friday afternoon picking up branches and debris from his yard.

“We’re just lucky that it didn’t damage the house no more than, we’ve just got that one thing up there on top there,” Jordan said. “But we made out pretty good, but a lot of people didn’t.”

Jordan says his neighbors didn’t have power Friday because of a tree fell on a power line.

City officials say that they have isolated outages in other areas in their service territory and plan to have crews working in these areas. Crews were assisted by three contract crews.

Danny Talbott also lives in Westover Hills on another road. He helped his neighbors with the clean up process.

“There’s devastation and damage everywhere,” he commented.

Anold Hendrix, public information officer with the City of Danville, said the city’s Public Works Department is waiving restrictions for the collection of tree limbs, brush, and other storm debris. Hendrix added that the the restrictions would be in place for three weeks.

Talbott wanted to clean up from Thursday’s storm before Friday’s storms rolled in.

“It’s very important to get all this up as soon as we can before another storm comes because it will make cleaning up after the next one easier,” Talbott said.

Residents who need debris collection are asked to place debris at the edge of their property line, not blocking sidewalks, utility poles, guide wires, mailboxes, and fire hydrants. The city said limbs and brush should not be combined with roofing tiles, fencing materials, or other items damaged from the storm.

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