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Posted on: June 25, 2022

Storm Damage Cleanup Update #7

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Update June 25 - 3:00pm - 

As of 7:45am this morning, Dominion Energy is reporting ZERO outages in the City of Fredericksburg. Thank you to Dominion Energy and all the contractors that worked so hard to help restore services. 

While power has been fully restored in the city, some might still encounter tree and debris removal equipment working on some of the city streets.  Some of the equipment may impose on the street for a limited time.  We ask that you please use caution when passing by these crews to allow them to do their job.  

People may still be experiencing issues with their phone, cable or internet, or if there are phone or cable lines blocking access to driveways or hanging low, please contact that service provider directly. Dominion Energy only services power lines.

If people have any damage to property that they believed was caused by a city tree as a result of the storm, they are requested to submit the incident through their insurance company.  Please do not call the 911 Center to report damage to vehicles caused by city trees.

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Update June 24 at 12:00pm -

Dominion Energy crews worked over night and will continue working throughout today with the goal to have all customers restored by the end of the day. As of this morning 512 customers at 35 project locations remain without power. Residents are encouraged to report downed power lines or outages at 866-DOM-HELP(866-366-4357), using the Dominion Energy Outage Center app from Apple App Store or Google Play Store, or by visiting https://www.dominionenergy.com/virginia/report-outage-or-emergency

Contractors are currently working on the damaged tree removal at the Mary Washington Monument, please be cautious in that area of Washington Avenue today. 

Fredericksburg Public Works crews are continuing their work on tree removal and debris cleanup today. Here is a current list of streets that still remain closed to traffic:

  • McKinney – tree on lines and on car / blocking ½ of the street
  • 800 Monroe Blocked by tree – power lines

To assist crews in responding to this storm recovery efforts, residents are requested not to place vegetation debris from their yards at the curbs or on the streets at this time. Once the debris that has fallen into the streets impacting safety and travel routes has been removed, debris pickup from private residential areas will be proceed. It is anticipated that this work will require an estimated two weeks. Further information will be announced as clean-up efforts continue. The tree damage reporting line is 540-684-9143 for any storm related city tree damage.

Yard Waste Disposal - Beginning, today, June 24 through Friday, July 8 the Rappahannock Regional Solid Waste Management Board (R-Board) will temporarily waive fees for storm-related yard waste disposal for residents, at the Regional Landfill, 489 Eskimo Hill Road, Stafford, VA 22554. Accepted yard waste at the Regional Landfill includes yard waste up to 12” in diameter and a maximum length of 8’. The waiver applies only to the disposal by residents, not commercial firms. For more information, visit www.r-board.org

The Convenience Center at the Dorothy Hart Community Center is re-opening today, June 24th from 11am to 4pm. While Dominion Energy continues to work to restore to all residents, the City recognizes that there may be some residents still without power today. The Convenience Center is not a Shelter, but it will provide a place for those still without power to come and charge their phones and conduct any work during that time. The Department of Social Services will be staffing the Convenience Center and will have a limited amount of supplies for those that need chargers or power sources. If you plan to come to the Convenience Center, you are encouraged to bring some snacks, games, books or any other minor comforts from home. 

The City UAS (drone) team is out and about in areas of the city and in several parks today filming damage aerial assessments.

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Updated June 23 at 7:00pm - 

Dominion Energy is reporting there are currently 1,644 customers without power at 38 work locations in the City of Fredericksburg. Dominion Energy and Contract crews have 45 bucket trucks in the area and they are working hard to get all customers back online by tomorrow. A majority of crews will continue their work into the late evening, and will continue efforts tomorrow morning. Stay up to date with Dominion Energy's Outage Map: https://outagemap.dominionenergy.com/external/default.html 

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Updated June 23 at 4:00pm - 

Convenience Center  The Convenience Center at the Dorothy Hart Community Center closed at 4pm today and it will re-open tomorrow, June 24th from 11am to 4pm.  13 residents utilized the Convenience Center this afternoon. While Dominion Energy continues to work to restore to all residents, the City recognizes that there may be some residents still without power tomorrow.  The Convenience Center is not a Shelter, but it will provide a place for those still without power to come and charge their phones and conduct any work during that time.   The Department of Social Services will be staffing the Convenience Center and will have a limited amount of supplies for those that need chargers or power sources.  If you plan to come to the Convenience Center, you are encouraged to bring some snacks, games, books or any other minor comforts from home.  

Debris Cleanup - The City of Fredericksburg’s Department of Public Works is working to remove damaged and downed trees on the public rights of ways from the June 22 storm. The City is also working with the Utility Companies that have downed lines caused by this event addressed.   The debris removal is being prioritized by location/severity/safety/and volume of traffic affected. 

To assist crews in responding to this storm recovery efforts, residents are requested not to place vegetation debris from their yards at the curbs or on the streets at this time.  Once the debris that has fallen into the streets impacting safety and travel routes has been removed, debris pickup from private residential areas will be proceed. It is anticipated that this work will require an estimated two weeks.   Further information will be announced as clean-up efforts continue. The tree damage reporting line is 540-684-9143 for any storm related city tree damage.

Yard Waste Disposal - Beginning, June 24 through Friday,July 8  the Rappahannock Regional Solid Waste Management Board (R-Board) will temporarily waive fees for storm-related yard waste disposal for residents, at the Regional Landfill, 489 Eskimo Hill Road, Stafford, VA 22554.  Accepted yard waste at the Regional Landfill includes yard waste up to 12” in diameter and a maximum length of 8’. The waiver applies only to the disposal by residents, not commercial firms. For more information, visit  www.r-board.org

Parks Update – City Park Maintenance crews worked until dark last night and have been working all day to assess damage and help clear the storm debris. Most trails have been walked by city staff. The Canal Path behind the Dog Park is not passable, please avoid that section of the trail.  While most of the rest of the trails are in poor condition with a lot of debris, they are passable and we urge caution.

Alum Spring Park will remain closed until further notice, due to a dangerous tree near the park entrance.

Memorial Park playgrounds are closed until further notice.  The park suffered a lot of damage, and after the initial clean up, tree risk will need to be assessed.  The “Picnic in the Park” event is being moved to Riverfront Park on Tuesday, June 28.

Old Mill Park is currently open to the public. Please be alert to Parks Maintenance crews who are working to clear out debris.

Hurkamp Park is open, with several tree limbs and the debris having been cleared by Park Maintenance crews today. Saturday’s Farmers Market will be held as planned.

The Mary Washington Monument has large trees down all around it and it will likely require a contractor to remove them.

The Dog Park has been re-opened.  Doris Buffett Pool is open on their regular schedule.  Motts Run Reservoir is open on their regular schedule. The trails at Motts are currently being assessed.  

Social Services - The Department of Social Services phone lines are working again.

 

 

 


Updated June 23 1:00pm - 

Convenience Center Opened - Due to the prolonged power outages in the city resulting from yesterday’s storm, the City of Fredericksburg has opened a Convenience Center at the Dorothy Hart Community Center, 408 Canal Street, from 12 Noon until 4 p.m. today, June 23rd.  The Convenience Center is not a Shelter, but it will provide a place for those still without power to come and charge their phones and conduct any work during that time.  The Department of Social Services will be staffing the Convenience Center and will have a limited amount of supplies for those that need chargers or power sources.  If you plan to come to the Convenience Center, you are encouraged to bring some snacks, games, books or any other minor comforts from home.    

Power Outage Update - At height of storm over 6,300 customers in Fredericksburg were without power.  That number was reduced to around 3,000 last night about 10pm.  As of 9am this morning Dominion is showing 2,109 persons without power in the City of Fredericksburg.  The largest outages are in College Terrace, Mayfield, around the University, and a smaller scale area in Normandy Village. 

Please stay away from downed power lines and to assume all such lines are energized. It’s important to report downed power lines or outages at 866-DOM-HELP (866-366-4357), using the Dominion Energy Outage Center app from Apple App Store or Google Play Store, or by visiting https://www.dominionenergy.com/virginia/report-outage-or-emergency 

Reported Injuries - During the height of the storm, three women were trapped under a large fallen tree at 800 Sophia Street.  City Fire crews responded and were able to cut away much of tree and rescue the women.  After evaluation by EMS they were treated and released with some bumps and bruises, but not significant injuries or loss of life. At this time, there are no further reports of significant injuries or loss of life to citizens in Fredericksburg as result of this storm.

Tree Damage Cleanup - The Fredericksburg City Public Works Department is working to remove damaged and downed trees on the public rights of ways from yesterday’s storm. The work is being prioritized by location/severity/safety/and volume of traffic affected.  Yesterday City crews focused on cutting and pushing fallen trees and limbs to open blocked streets to allow for traffic.  The following was the list generated at the end of the first response: 

Streets closed:

  • Frazier - tree and wires
  • McKinney – tree on lines and on car/blocking ½ of the street
  • Hanover and Jackson intersection – low electric wire over street
  • Charlotte between Prince Edward and Kenmore - wires down
  • Dale Street – tree down blocking street
  • Lewis and Washington – tree limb and wires
  • 650 Stuart – tree limb and wires – open
  • 901 Cornell – tree no power
  • 800 Monroe - blocked by tree and downed power lines
  • 800 Block Little Page – low wire hanging 
  • 1304 Winchester – limbs and power lines

Partial affected streets:

  • Prince Edward – line in parking lot 
  • Prince Edward – lines in parking lot across from church
  • 600 Block Hanover – low wire hanging 

Currently Lansdowne Road is closed between Airport Ave. and the CSX rail line.  “Road Closed” signs have been posted, and the road will remain closed until at least this afternoon due to the number  of trees and lines down.   

Moving Forward - Today, four (4) City crews will be operating to remove fallen trees and limbs.   Two crews were dispatched first in the downtown area along Caroline and Princess Anne.  Two others started on the downed trees not impeded by power lines.  Closer, visual assessments will begin being performed today to identify hanging limbs that have not fallen and to prioritize trees that should be removed due to extensive damage.  Based on the initial assessment performed yesterday, it is anticipated that Public Works will be performing debris clean up and removal over the course of the next two weeks.  Other services will continue as well.  

The tree damage reporting line is now activated and until further notice, please call 540-684-9143 for any storm related city tree damage. Citizens should not place debris from their yards on the curbs or street.

Social Services - Residents who receive SNAP benefits and who have experienced a power outage of 8 hours or more, may be eligible for replacement SNAP benefits. For information and to apply for this benefit, please have residents contact the Department at (540) 372-1032 or the can e-mail Ms. Carolina Valdez at carolina.valdez@dss.virginia.gov.

A status update on the City’s parks will be shared this afternoon. At this time, Alum Spring Park and the Dog Park are closed. Residents are urged to use caution in all other parks and on the trails.

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Updated June 22: 7:30pm - 

We have a storm damage update for the City of Fredericksburg as of 7:30 p.m. this evening:

 99 trees were downed during the storm

12 downed trees are involved with utilities

36 City personnel are continuing cleanup efforts, working in four teams until dark (for safety purposes). Crews will be returning in the morning first thing to continue cleanup operations. Areas that are not able to be addressed due to power or darkness will be coned off.

Dominion Energy reported 108,000 without power in the region at the height of the storm, and that number is currently at 94,000 without power. Here in the City, we currently have 3,801 without power, which is down from the 4,628 power outages in the City an hour earlier. 

The tree damage reporting line is now activated and until further notice, please call 540-684-9143 for any storm related city tree damage.

Please continue to be careful if you must travel through the city by car or on foot and watch for downed power lines, limbs and debris on the roadways and sidewalks. Do not try to enter areas closed by caution tape or hazard cones. Watch for additional storms this evening that may do further damage.

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