The Tri-cities are dealing with blocked streets, trees on top of homes, and emergency officials working to respond to all of the needs. The first full day of clean-up gave a closer look at the power this storm packed as it swept through the Tri-cities.
In some areas the devastation is so bad, officials have put up yellow tape to block access. On Carroll Ave. in Colonial Heights, damage has made the road impassable.
"It's been terrible. No lights, no gas," said Myrtle Jackson.
She and her husband Kenneth are overlooking a mess. Right across from their historic Colonial Heights home a big tree and utility lines are taking up the street.
"If the storm had come this way, it would've hit my house. If this tree over here would've came, it would've hit my house," she pointed out.
A ride through the area reveals even more damage with trees on top of homes, on top of cars, and folks just trying to make sense of it all.
"The storm was short and quick and fierce," said Charlotte Donahue who hired a tree removal company to help clear her home in Prince George County.
She was there when the tree fell on her roof.
"There's some damage to the roof. I'll have to have the roof professionally repaired," she said.
In Dinwiddie Count, a shed collapsed near a daycare and more debris liters front yards and streets. It's a picture -the Jacksons can relate to as they spend the day picking up the pieces.
"The lines are down, we're afraid to walk because if we walk we could get electrocuted," Jackson said.
Colonial Heights police say at least half a dozen streets have seen trees fall on homes, which means neighbors there will be cleaning up for a while. Friday, The Red Cross went door to door offering aid.
"We're going out trying to supply them with cold Gatorade, snacks, clean up supplies like rakes, gloves, really anything that we can to make sure they have the resources they need to start the recovery process," said Jonathan McNamara.
People who have debris that needs to be picked up in Petersburg, you're asked to place it at the curb -- not in the street -- on your normal trash pick-up day.
For bigger loads, call Central Virginia Waste Management at 804-425-0500 to schedule a pick up.
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