2012-07-05 / Top News

5 pm Thurs. - Update from Governor's Office

Governor McDonnell Issues Thursday Afternoon Update on Virginia’s Recovery from June’s Historic Derecho Storm

Power Outages Down to 95,475 Statewide, All 911 Services Restored, Human Toll Rises to 13

~July Thursday Afternoon Update on Virginia’s Recovery from Derecho~


RICHMOND – Governor Bob McDonnell issued an afternoon update today regarding Virginia’s recovery from last week’s powerful derecho and thunderstorms, marking for the first time since the event that power outages are afflicting less than 100,000 Virginia customers. As of 4:30 p.m. July 5, details on the impact of the severe June 29-30 derecho storms on Virginia and ongoing recovery efforts as listed below.   


“While recovery continues throughout Virginia, reaching the milestone of less than 100,000 customers still without power is a testament to the hard work of Virginia power crews and those brought in from other states to aid the Commonwealth,” said Governor McDonnell.  “Unfortunately, this progress is also tempered with sadness as an additional fatality in Fairfax County has brought the storm’s death toll to 13. It is vital that Virginians continue to heed warnings about health concerns and tips for safely removing debris from storm-impacted areas to keep all citizens safe as this recovery continues. Virginians always rise to meet challenges created by Mother Nature, and that perseverance will continue in the wake of last week’s severe weather and this week’s ongoing heat wave.”


The latest storm updates are listed below:


Power outages – 95,475 statewide

Dominion Virginia Power –16,782 customers

               5,487 in northern Virginia


APCO –76,733 customers

              11,040 in Lynchburg

              11,006 in Roanoke


Electrical cooperatives – 1,960 customers




Storm related fatalities: 13 (one additional in Fairfax County)

Two in Albemarle County; two in Bedford County; one in Chesapeake; four in Fairfax County; one in Loudoun County; one in Montgomery County; one in Richmond and one in Roanoke


Wireless/911 service

Verizon has provided three mobile telecommunications centers to Lynchburg, Max Meadows and Alexandria, which also serve as additional cooling centers in those localities. All 911 services have been restored.


Roads closed

55 closed (one primary road and 54 secondary roads)


Current State Response

·       The Virginia Department of Emergency Management is coordinating delivery of water, generators and other supplies to localities, upon request. (Examples: 74,400 gallons of water supplied to Charlottesville and the counties of Albemarle, Alleghany, Bath, Bedford, Botetourt and Page; eight generators currently are in use in Botetourt, Highland and Alleghany counties.) 

·       VDEM has an event blog to record state response, track the opening of cooling centers and provide information to the public at www.virginiaderecho.tumblr.com

·       VDEM is providing volunteer coordination.  Workers in the Virginia Emergency Operations Center are matching corporate donations with needs in localities and responding to calls from residents with unmet needs related to the storm.

·       The Virginia Department of Transportation continues to coordinate with utility workers to open roads so that power lines can be repaired.  Drivers can call 511 or visitwww.511virginia.org for road conditions. Report road issues to 1-800-FOR-ROAD.

·       Virginia State Police are assisting various localities by providing traffic control at intersections where traffic signals are without power. 

·       The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) issued safety information about avoiding heat-related illness and food safety.


Local response


·       Nine local shelters are open; this number changes with need.

·       Localities are opening cooling centers to provide daytime relief from the heat for their citizens. To find cooling shelters, people should listen to their local media, call their local emergency management officials, or go to www.virginiaderecho.tumblr.com

·       Many volunteer groups are working in central and southwest Virginia to assist citizens.

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