Storm damage clean-up in Hanover County

By Nicole Bell - bio | email
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HANOVER, VA (WWBT) – The aftermath from Wednesday's storm is even more apparent today. Late this afternoon, there was confirmation that it was a tornado that hit the area. One storm packed winds up to 90 miles an hour.

From Hanover to Henrico to the city of Richmond, dozens of homes and yards bear the mark of the severe weather. Residents in Hanover County along Cold Harbor Road were hit hard.  Now, they're assessing all of the destruction.

The clean-up is extensive - the sight, devastating.

"It's heartbreaking to see my son's house partially destroyed. I see a lot of work and they'll lose a lot of personal belongings," said Steve Yohe. A tree crashed through the roof of his son's home.

On the inside of the home you get a better sense of the destruction. This is what's left of the bathroom; sheet rock is caved in, an exposed ceiling, and insulation piled high.

The home is unlivable. It's one of more than 70 houses along Cold Harbor Road in Hanover County -- damaged in the area by the storm.

Inspectors canvassed several neighborhoods to assess the mess. They spoke with residents and took notes. Thomas Gadoury has filed two insurance claims.

"It took out my whole fence on the side and the back window of my truck got smashed from the tree that fell on my front yard," said Gadoury.

He also found portions of his neighbor's home on his property.

"This whole back side is gone and a chunk of it is sitting on my roof." (Nicole Bell: So you're neighbor's roof landed on your roof?) "Yeah, and my siding is on his roof," said Gadoury.

There is a silver lining.

"Nobody was hurt. Nobody was injured. So that's a great thing," said Yohe.

Residents say they'll continue to put back together what Mother Nature tore apart.

It's unclear how long it will take folks to clean-up this mess. Fire officials are asking residents who live in neighborhoods where there is damage to be extremely cautious of all of the debris on the ground and dangling from above.

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