Tornado damage still causing problems in Hanover

By Sunni Blevins - bio | email

HANOVER, VA (WWBT) - Clean-up continues in Hanover County one week after a tornado ripped through the Mechanicsville area. The power is back on and big trees are out of the road, but nearly 100 homes and businesses are still dealing with damages.

Lingering evidence of the tornado is not hard to find. There is damage left behind in front of the Veteran's of Foreign Wars building right off of Cold Harbor Road.

The sound of chainsaws can still be heard frequently in this area of Hanover County. We featured William Silver's company Shady Tree Service in one of our clean-up stories last week.  Since the tornado hit last Wednesday, they've been busy.

"The phone really pretty much starts ringing the night of the storm, and I stay pretty busy the next couple of weeks doing storm work," said Silver.

Silver said this morning that most of the big trees they were contracted for have been taken care of by now, but they are still helping people clear their yards of debris.  A quick drive along though showcased that some homeowners are still dealing with bigger issues too.

"Some people don't have chainsaws, some people are not able to cut their own trees, so they are basically at the mercy of a tree-cutting service, so as time goes by, it may take six months before they mitigate all the trash, and trees and things like that in their yards," said Chief William Jones with Hanover Fire & EMS.

Hanover County leaders are still waiting on official number was far as just how much the tornado cost. After they get those damage costs in, they'll see if they can apply for either state or federal aid.

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