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Downed trees could be a problem today

By Sunni Blevins - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -  The evidence of this weather's impact is clear. VDOT is averaging reports of about 12 downed trees an hour across the Metro Richmond area.

The weather is making this a common site across our region: crews working to clear fallen trees.

Woodpecker Road was closed as crews dealt with mother nature. Large branches came down, bringing power lines down with them, and they weren't the only ones.

A spokesperson for VDOT says they've been getting calls non-stop into their traffic operations center and dealing with dozens of downed trees since this weather started rolling in.

"All night we've had calls about downed trees and some road flooding, and we probably had between 50 and 100 calls overnight about downed trees in the road," said Dawn Eischen of VDOT.

A rain soaked ground sent a tree crashing down onto Pinetta Drive forcing traffic to be re-routed for several hours as crews cleaned up the mess.

And more damage on Warbro Road before crews had a chance to get there -- a site that brings up an important safety message.

"Don't take this into your own hands and try to remove the tree yourself," Eischen said. "There could be power lines in the tree, there's a lot of different things, there's a safety issue if other cars are coming they could run into you, so just really be careful out there and don't try to do this yourself and take care of these problems."

VDOT officials are urging you to check your route before you leave work or home by dialing 5-1-1 or visiting 511virginia.org.

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