Storms take down trees and utility lines in Central Virginia

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BEDFORD, VA – Appalachian Power crews and contractors have been busy restoring power after the storms hit Sunday. 

“I hadn’t seen anything like this since we had Deratio a few years back where we had some many trees down,” AEP Line Crew Supervisor Smith Fletcher, “We understand because we’re customers as well. Some of us who are out do not have power ourselves and we are working and getting power back just as quick as we can.”

It’s work that residents are grateful for because many said the storms came out of nowhere. 

“Frightening,” Jane Kreger said, “I felt like everything was going to just blow away.”

A tree landed on Kreger’s neighbor’s home but fortunately, she wasn’t inside at the time. 

“I would have been very afraid that she would have been at the place where this tree hit,” Kreger said. 

The tree knocked out the power on Dearing Street and in many other places, like Denver Street a few blocks over. 

“I’m grateful for so many things because it could have been so much worse,” Kreger said, “I mean it was bad! But it could have been worse.”

Kreger’s power was restored as a WFXR crew was there talking to her.

People with AEP just ask that everyone be patient as they work. 

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