First Responders Talk Costs and Improvements after Derecho
The cost from the derecho that blasted much of the commonwealth is coming into focus. The storm caused hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage.
At a news conference late Thursday afternoon, Albemarle first responders said the June storm was a wake up call. Since then, they've reviewed the response to the storm and what can be improved on.
The costs associated with the powerful storm that rocked central Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley in late June will be high. The current price tags are as follows:
Albemarle: $164,500 and climbing with overtime and fire/rescue costs
Waynesboro: $32,000 (includes overtime expense for public works, public safety, and debris removal)
Staunton: $464,123 in damages and cleanup
Chief Dan Eggleston with Albemarle County Fire & Rescue said, "[The storm] caused a wide range of power outages across the county, which caused many issues and challenges for everyone."
"Officers were often blocked by fallen trees while en route to emergency calls," said Chief Steve Sellers with Albemarle County Police Department.
Thursday we're learning details of an assessment from Albemarle County first responders about where there's room for improvement.
First responders have identified four areas where they need improvement:
Locking down a system for volunteers
A no tech communication option
Facility readiness management
Emergency management coordinator Kirby Felts said, "Just assessing what are we asking these folks who have a facility to provide in an emergency and is it really the best request to lay on them."
Last Friday, Governor Bob McDonnell requested federal disaster assistance to reimburse local governments, many in our viewing area. The governor's office said Thursday it could take until next week to hear from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
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