October 11, 2018 10:00 PM
A local state of emergency remains in place. We have about 20,000 customers without power because two of AEP's three power feeds to us are out of service. We cannot restore power until AEP repairs the feeds.
In the interim, our crews are scouting our...
October 15, 2018 8:44 PM
Here is the situation report as of 8:40 p.m.:
• A local state of emergency remains in place.
• We have established a storm damage hotline for residents and businesses to report structural damage to their primary buildings. The number is 857-3375, ext. 2498. Callers will hear a recording requesting that they leave their name, address, contact information and a brief description of their structural damage. Inspections division personnel will follow up.
• Residents and businesses with property damage should file claims with their insurance companies. Photos of the damage should be taken before starting repairs.
• City residents with SNAP benefits who have lost food from the storm can go to the Department of Social Services to complete a SNAP benefits replacement form.
• The Pittsylvania-Danville Health District reports the longer that food is stored at unsafe temperatures -- above 41 degrees Fahrenheit -- the higher the chance for dangerous bacteria to multiply and make you sick. The number one rule is “When in doubt, throw it out.” Never taste foods to see if they are still fresh. Most bacteria are odorless, tasteless and invisible to the naked eye, so a taste test could make you ill.
• Utility crews continue making progress in restoring power service. We have about 800 to 1,000 customers remaining without power. We have eight crews from other cities plus contract crews assisting our crews. All are working 16-hour shifts to restore power service to customers. The extent of damage is more severe than initial assessments. Our plan continues to be to make the repairs that get the largest numbers of customers on first, and then work down the list from there. Today, we have completed working on main lines along primary roadways. We are now working in neighborhoods with large outages as well as working on some isolated outages in those neighborhoods.
• In Danville, crews today finished working on Girard Street, which had substantial damage with broken poles and fallen trees. With those issues fixed, service was restored as well to Richmond Boulevard from Girard Street to Purdum Woods.
• In Pittsylvania County, work continued in the Cascade, Kentuck off Route 360, Laurel Grove, Sutherlin and Alton areas. In Cascade, crews restored power on Fontaine Road, and they continue working on both sides of Cascade Road/Route 622 toward Huntington Trail.
• Ballou Park is open from the Park Avenue entrance. A contract crew is working to restore access from the West Main Street entrance.
• Anglers Park remains closed.
• The Riverwalk Trail remains closed. Contract crews are clearing debris and silt along the trail. We expect to reopen sections of the trail later in the week. The bridge over Fall Creek is washed out, so that section will remain closed indefinitely.
• All major thoroughfares in the city are open. Elizabeth Street and Audubon Drive at Apollo Avenue are closed to through traffic. We also are closing Forestdale Drive off East Franklin Turnpike today because floodwater undermined a section of the roadway.
• For residents who pay the full refuse fee, Public Works is waiving restrictions for collection of tree limbs, brush and other storm debris. The restrictions waived include the volume and weight of debris and the size of the debris pile. Residents are asked to place the debris at the edge of their property line, but do not block sidewalks or allow the debris to extend into the roadway. Do not mix yard waste with other debris or garbage. Tree stumps, root balls and hazardous wastes are not collected.
• For residents who pay the full refuse fee, Public Works also is waiving restrictions for collection of flood-damaged furniture and household items. For small household items such as books, residents are asked to box or bag the items in order to allow for quicker collection.
• Residents who do not pay the full refuse fee and businesses will need to use their private hauler.
• Automated collection of trash is expected to remain on schedule, but residents should be aware that loose leaf collection and yard waste may not stay on schedule because crews will be assisting with storm cleanup and recovery.