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Sandy Leaves Her Mark on Parts of Greene County

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Looking around the Charlottesville area Tuesday, you can hardly tell Hurricane Sandy made landfall Monday.  But to the north, in Greene County, it is a very different story.

Rain and winds ripped roofs off houses, a middle school gym is badly damaged, and debris litters the ground.

It could have been a lot worse in Greene County, and it could have been a lot worse in Charlottesville.  But just because central Virginia was on the fringe of Hurricane Sandy, that doesn't mean she didn't leave her mark.

In Greene County, there are trees uprooted, a tin roof pried clean off the top of a home and gym windows at William Monroe Middle School stripped clean off.

"We expected some damage, but mainly due to power," said Greene County Schools Superintendent Dr. David Jeck.  "We didn't expect anything like this."

The old windows will go back in place, as a temporary fix.  Despite the damage, Jeck says students will return Wednesday.

"We should be in school, all the other schools are in fine shape.  We lost some trees, but everyone else is fine," he said.

Meanwhile, debris and fallen trees closed down only a handful roads in the area.  And through Tuesday many crews worked diligently to restore power across the county.

"We got one more span of wire to get up in order to get this line energized," said Billy Hayes with T&D Solutions. 

But, with so few roads affected by the storm, it did not take long for crews to respond to Swift Run Road in Greene County.

"We're used to going on storms anywhere, anytime," Hayes said.  "But as far as routine, it's not routine."

And it's not routine at the home of Ralph Iglesias.  He saw Sandy snap limbs and uproot trees in his backyard, but damage to his home was minor.

"In general, we fared well," Iglesias said.  "We really didn't get anything as bad as I thought. I mean the shingles are still in place, we lost one piece of shingle, but that's not really too bad."

"Not too bad" seems to be the consensus in Greene County - a sigh of relief on the fringe of Sandy's destruction.

State Farm Insurance says it has seen claims trickling in all day Tuesday.  It expects to release updated loss numbers Wednesday.

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