Downed Trees and Power Outages Left in Wake of Superstorm Sandy
In parts of central Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley, people woke up Tuesday morning to downed trees and scattered power outages as the brunt of Superstorm Sandy passed through overnight. So far there are no reports of deaths or serious injury in the area, but there is a lot of property damage.
A Crozet home split in half by a tree is just one example of the damage Sandy left behind.
Eddie Shiflett built the house on Ballard Drive 40 years ago, and he's lived in it ever since. Around 9:30 Monday night, he heard a crash and he knew exactly what it was - the tree in his backyard had fallen through his house, ripping a massive hole in his roof.
"Your life can change in a few seconds," said Shiflett.
Shiflett was in his bedroom and was able to make it out of his house safely. He ended up spending the rest of the night with family.
"We just have to accept what happened and moved on," he said. Now he's weighing his next move.
"I can't do anything until I get a hold of the insurance company. That's the main thing. Then I'll try to get this tree off of the house and see what kind of damage there is. But it's quite extensive."
Shiflett's neighborhood isn't the only one with extensive tree damage. On Orchard Road in Albemarle County, tree debris is on power lines, sheds, cars, and strewn around the street.
Rescue crews are reminding people to remain cautious when outside. They say you should report any power outages and down trees.