Hopewell Marina cleanup

By Nicole Bell - bio | email
Posted by Terry Alexander - email

HOPEWELL, VA (WWBT) - Tonight, crews are repairing what the storm ripped apart at the Hopewell City Marina. The heavy rain and high winds caused thousand of dollars in damage.

Now that all of the high water has receded folks are accessing the damage. The marina is without power and will likely remain that way for several days

Crews are scooping up and hauling out what mother nature left behind. Storm damage at the Hopewell City Marina is estimated to be about $5,000.

"It's mostly plankings that were damaged. We've got erosion, that of course, we going to have to backfill and refill within in the entire marina sight," said Jo Turek, Hopewell City Marina Director.

During the height of the storm water submerged the piers, a portion of a picnic table and a piece the parking lot. Electricity has been eliminated. Cut off, as a safety precaution.

"We didn't want water to get into any of the power boxes where the vessels are plugged in nor to the meter boxes that we have at the facility here," Turek said.

Despite the damage some are breathing a sign of relief. Gilbert Jordan expected the worse but his boat had minor damage. The storm caused the vessel to bang up against a pole -- multiple times.

Those who run the marina say they've weathered the storm. They know, damage could have been much more severe.

"At this point - limited damage which is a great thing. We've seen the water higher we're thankful it wasn't as high as Isabel for example," said Turek.

The marina is expected to be back up and running as normal by the end of the week.

(c) 2009. WWBT, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.