Governor says worst of storm is over

By Andy Jenks - bio | email
Posted by Phil Riggan – email

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) – Governor Tim Kaine's briefing by Virginia's Emergency Management team has him confident the worst of the storm is over.

More than 200 roads, and several bridges remain closed across Virginia. And the Virginia National Guard is putting 130 soldiers on active duty.

Thousands of folks are still without electricity. Right now, Dominion Virginia Power is reporting the power's still out for more than 2,100 customers in Metro Richmond. Southside Electric Cooperative -- which serves parts of Prince George, Dinwiddie, and Powhatan -- is only reporting 13 outages.

All of that is being monitored at the emergency operations center in Chesterfield.

The strong winds and driving rain may be gone from Hampton Roads, but the work is not over.

Governor Kaine said there's still a lot he doesn't know.

"We're not seeing structural damage yet, although we gotta see the water to recede a little bit," he said.

Back from an democratic fundraiser in Arkansas, the governor was briefed in person by top commanders and staff.

He said damage estimates would start coming in later this evening. The numbers help determine where to direct state and federal resources.

"And then we'll work with localities to help with cleanup, and manage that as  best we can," he said.

Flooding remains a concern over the next 24 to 48 hours, but the governor said rivers are expected to carry the extra water, without a major problem.

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