McDonnell tours areas damaged by Hurricane Irene

Richmond, VA (WWBT)- The day after Hurricane Irene made its way through the Richmond area, Governor Bob McDonnell focused on how to fix the damage.  McDonnell toured several affected areas on Sunday afternoon and plans to do more of the same on Monday.

McDonnell toured apartments on the 900 block of Hamilton Street and also ventured one block over to the home of Catherine Hailes and her family.  A large tree in the Hailes' yard was uprooted by Irene and fell across the street, taking their fence with it and also falling on several parked cars.  The tour was part of the Governor's damage assessment plan following the hurricane, as he continues to work through restoring things back to normal after the storm.  He also toured the area by air and was able to see things from that perspective, but says it's easier to see things up close on the ground.

Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones joined McDonnell on the tour.  Both officials stressed that safety should remain the focus of residents, even though the storm has moved through.  Power outages and down trees still will affect the area until everything can be repaired.

In addition to Richmond, McDonnell also made a stop in Charles City County on Sunday afternoon, and he will tour the Hampton Roads area on Monday.

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