Crews clear storm debris from roads

MINERAL, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Crews were out Friday night clearing Elk Creek Road in Mineral of fallen tree limbs that had snapped when harsh winds ripped through the area.

More than 300 homes in the surrounding area were left without power. Crews from Mineral, Louisa, and the Virginia Department of Transportation cleared the road with chainsaws and a loader.

Eric Harlowe, Fire Chief of the Mineral Volunteer Fire Department, described the damage from the wind.

"There is some twisting of the trees," said Harlowe. "It's a lot of damage inside of the woods that we can't get in to see quite yet, but there was some type of activity that came through."

Michael Schlemmer, Deputy Emergency Coordinator for Louisa County, said people need to be careful of debris-ridden areas even after the storm.

"The people who got damage in their yard, make sure that they're clear of the wires and make sure they stay clear of any debris that might fall out of the tree while they're working it," said Schlemmer.

Schlemmer and Harlowe said that the storm could have been a lot worse and that they dodged what could have been a very dangerous bullet.

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