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Culpeper assessing damage and cleaning up from Hurricane Sandy

Yowell Meadow Park after a visit from Hurricane Sandy. Culpeper Times Staff Photo/Ray Finefrock
Culpeper emergency services officials continue to assess the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy.

Officials said trees fell into two houses in the county. No injuries were reported. The county building official was notified and responded.

High water was reported in as many 16 roads in the county at one point. No town streets were closed due to flooding.

Eight roads in the county were blocked by trees that toppled into the roadway. The town reported no roads blocked but several trees and limbs fell in the rights-of-way.

“It could have been worse,” said Culpeper Public Works Director Jim Hoy.

Rappahannock Electric reported almost 2,100 customers were without power. The town’s Light and Power department reported that 750 town commercial and residential customers lost power about 8:45 p.m., Monday night. Public Works crews armed with chainsaws assisted Light and Power crews to cut up downed trees on Thornton Court responsible for the town’s outages. Power was restored about 2 a.m
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The emergency shelter at the Salem Volunteer Fire Department closed at 8 a.m. today. Only three people used the shelter, which was manned by the Red Cross and Culpeper Human Services personnel.

The Emergency Operations Center closed at 10:40 a.m., with officials still monitoring the situation.

Although closed yesterday and today, Emerald Hill Elementary School lost power during the storm.

Culpeper police and the Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office reported no major problems related to the storm.

Town and county government offices and public schools remained closed on Tuesday, but were expected to reopen during normal business hours on Wednesday.

“We are fortunate that we didn’t experience major damage as a result of the storm,” said Culpeper County Emergency Services Director Tom Williams.
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