Tree falls on power lines in Chester

By Gene Petriello - bio | email

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - A tree fell on some power lines in the 3900 block of Wood Dale Road around 4 a.m. Monday.

At one point there were roughly 1,600 outages in the area. At this point, there are only about a dozen or so people still without power.

There's were also some traffic lights out near West Hundred Road near Old Centralia Road.

Thomas Dale High School appears to be running on schedule and should not be impacted.

Dominion Virginia Power has been on the scene since early morning.

Mother nature created a road block in the dark of night here in Chesterfield County. 

One of those people feeling the brunt of it was Roy Valero.
His wife was home, with their three kids, when the tree came crashing down near their home.

"She heard a big thump and then a transformer busting. It woke her up," says Roy.

Luckily, there was no fire because of the mess. Soon after the 4 AM wake up call, power crews were out, trying to get the electricity back on as quickly as possible.

Still, hours later, Roy was left with little to do. "It kind of stinks because we are ready to cook, make some breakfast, but we can't with the electricity off," says Roy. 

When light finally came this morning, we found these crews removing the tree. The tree actually snapped some of the power lines, too.

It took quite some time to remove the tree. Crews needed to made sure no other power lines or power poles came crashing down. After all was clear, crews had to fix the broken power lines.. And get the power back on.

This all went on as parents scrambled to get their kids ready for school, and on the bus, without electricity.

We're told the tree was about 90 feet tall and it was alive. But we noticed, and crews pointed out to us, that the trunk of the tree was decaying.

A sight that Roy didn't expect to see from his front door, but one that certainly won't be forgotten for some time. "A little bit of excitement! Something to say at work!"

The work is continuing at the noon hour, but crews say everything should be back up and running again very shortly.

At this point, there is no official determination on why the tree fell this morning. But, crews did tell us this morning the weather may have had something to do with it.

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