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Posted April 28, 2011 | comments 7 Comments

*Officials assessing storm damage across Shenandoah County

By Preston Knight -- pknight@nvdaily.com

MT. JACKSON -- National Weather Service officials were inspecting damage in southern Shenandoah County Thursday morning, where an apparent tornado touched down hours earlier and caused severe damage.

The worst damage appears to be in a neighborhood called Shenandoah Ski and Hunt subdivision and on a large farm on Kelly Road owned by 82-year-old Donal Shamburg.

Six homes sustained major damage and 10 sustained minor damage, mostly from fallen trees, in the subdivision, according to John Collins, public information officer for the Shenandoah Fire and Rescue Department.

One injury was reported in the county, but Collins could not identify the victim and had no details about the injuries.

The Virginia Department of Emergency Management was conducting a fly-over of the area late Thursday morning to inspect the damage.

Emergency officials set up a command post at Mt. Hermon United Methodist Church at 3821 Orkney Grade Road, where operations were being coordinated.

Charlie Kibler, 54, Shamburg's son-in-law said he was awed by the severity of the damage on the farm.

"You see it on TV but you don't know how bad it is until you look at it," Kibler said.
Damage was reported elsewhere in the county as well.

In the Edinburg area, meanwhile, Water Street was living up to its name. The road was closed at the north end near Walnut Street, with water flowing over it and into a muddy and swollen Stoney Creek.

The Palmyra Road bridge over Stoney Creek was closed with some water lapping over top of it.

Debris, mostly tree limbs, was stopped up at the bridge's east side, with a log bobbing against the concrete bridge. The creek was flowing fast and wide near the campground and along the part of the creek running beside Stoney Creek Road.

Parts of South Ox Road saw fields on either side turned into wetlands with standing water.

Minor damage was reported to homes and businesses across the county.

In Strasburg, the roof of the Borden Lumber Company was damaged, and at least one home on Ridge Hollow Road in Edinburg sustained damage from a fallen tree.

Earlier Thursday, a local emergency was declared in the county due to the severe storms, according to Mary T. Price, assistant county administrator.

Price said in a press release this morning that there were reports of tornadoes in Mt. Jackson, Edinburg, Basye and Conicville, though not all reports have been confirmed.

"There is significant damage in the Basye area due to a tornado," according to the press release. "Four poultry houses have been destroyed."

While shelter staff and volunteers are on standby, Price reports there has been no need for shelter at this time.

At one point, 3,947 county residents were without power. About 600 customers were still without power in the early afternoon, according to a news release from Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative.

Shenandoah County Public Schools are closed today and motorists are advised to travel with care due to downed tree limbs and water on the roads. Many roads are closed.

Roads closed due to debris include:

  • Crooked Run Road
  • Fravel Road
  • Pepper Road
  • Barbershop Road
  • Senedo Road
  • Wolf Gap Road
  • Orkney Grade
  • Ridge Hollow Road
  • Back Rd @ Sherman Road
  • Orkney Grade (multiple locations)
  • Alonzaville Road
  • Lutz Hollow Road
  • Cave Ridge Road
  • Capon Road
  • Supinlick Ridge Road
  • Helsley Road
  • Copp Road
  • Kell Road
  • Jess Sine Road
  • St. Luke Road
  • Copp Road
Roads closed due to high water include:
  • Barbershop Road
  • Walkers Chapel Road
  • Morningstar Road
Town of Woodstock road closures include:
  • East Spring Street
  • South Water Street
  • Mill Road

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7 Comments |

    I have one question for Shentel....during the tornado warnings (as alerted by WHSV) we have had in the last couple of days involving Shenandoah Co and especially early this morning with Basye, Edinburg, and Woodstock being hardest hit, why, why WHY did they NOT issue the emergency broadcast they test all the time??? Had it not been for my son coming downstairs the other evening after watching WHSV to tell us of the tornado warning in our area, my family would never had known it!

    I thought it a bit weird that I hadn't seen Shentel's emergency broadcast with the tornado warning so I channel surfed and not one time did I see Shentel issue this warning! What is up with that?? Just how much of an emergency do you need before you issue that emergency broadcast? Thank God there were no fatalities because of these horrific storms of late or Shentel would be answering a lot tougher questions about now.

    You need to get that emergency broadcast system up and running NOW!!! No excuse to have it and not use it other than all the testing you do!!

    My thoughts and prayers are with the families that have had damage or losses during this storm. Also my thought and prayers are with our Emergency Personnel that have been and are still out helping people(my father is one of them). Please be safe everyone and God Bless.

    My Aunt, and an Uncle on Coffmantown Rd. had siding tore of their house's and trees down, that would be west of Woodstock.

    @Tstar: If ShenTel didn't air an EAS broadcast when a warning was broadcast from the National Weather Service, then you should call the FCC and report that. They would be the ones who would handle that type of problem.

      Thanks for the advice! I will probably have to contact FCC because I even contacted Shentel via email (under "complaints" on their website) to ask why they never issued an emergency broadcast when we had 2 days in a row that we had tornado warnings in our area NOR the day before those 2 warnings to warn of the severe thunderstorm) and believe it or not.....they never responded! Imagine that!!

      Hope you are reading this Shentel because all you had to do was respond!! It's really just that simple!


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