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Downed Power Lines, Trees Complicate Charlottesville Cleanup

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Dozens of trees stand in the way of clearing streets in Charlottesville on Thursday.  While the main roads in Charlottesville are clear, including East Market Street, a number of secondary roads are not because downed trees.

Judy Mueller, director of public works, says they still have more than 40 trees in the road. Power lines are tangled in them which is hampering the removal effort.

One place in particular is along the 900 block of Raymond Road.  About two dozen homes were blocked off after a tree fell, keeping people from being able to leave and prevent others from coming in.  The tree tumbled during the snow storm yesterday and brought down a utility pole with it. The trunk is tangled in power lines.

Glenn Fitch is using a taxi to get around since his car is trapped.   "It's really a hazard with this tree being knocked down, there's no way for a fire truck or rescue squad to get down in there.  We're just trapped," he stated.  

Public works crews are waiting on Dominion Virginia Power to assess the situation and clear public works to move in.

"Crews are working very hard right now making sure roads are cleared. In the meantime we would ask that people really pay attention. Stay off the roads. Give us space to work so that they can get that taken care of safely for everyone," said Miriam Dickler, Charlottesville spokesperson.      

The city isn't seeing much in terms of drainage issues. Most city drains are clear and the melting snow is not flooding any streets.

Mueller says they hope to get all those neighborhood roads cleared by Thursday night, but it all depends on how quickly Dominion Virginia Power can repair the downed power lines.

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