People in Crozet Work to Clean Up after Storm Blows through Area
ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - Cleanup is now underway in western Albemarle County after a strong storm with high winds blew through Crozet on Wednesday afternoon.
The storm certainly left its mark on the area – it toppled trees, downed power lines, and made a mess all throughout Crozet in just a short period of time.
“All of a sudden, in just a matter of 15 minutes, we had trees down all over the place,” Bob Helt, who had a tree fall on his home in the area, said.
The Helts’ home wasn’t the only one that suffered from storm damage on Wednesday, July 17.
“I was sitting on the porch and all of a sudden lightning was striking, thunder was clapping, and the wind started picking up,” Bob said. “It was amazing - things started blowing around, and all of a sudden, crash.”
That crash was a tree falling on his house located off St. George Avenue just after 3 p.m. on Wednesday.
“Wow, are we lucky it didn't hit any more than just the roof,” Bob said.
Meanwhile, Bob's wife, Sharon, was in downtown Crozet as the strong storm and high winds blew through.
“The power went out three times and I could see stuff flying by the windows and rain like you wouldn’t believe,” Sharon said.
Homes in the downtown area suffered as well. A tree toppled onto a power line in the 500 block of St. George Avenue, and more than 3,000 Dominion Energy customers lost power.
“It’s amazing,” Bob said. “I mean, we have such a nice community here. It was quite devastating to the town.”
Wednesday night, more than 400 people in Albemarle County were still without power.
And as for the Helt family, they are now waiting to hear back from a tree company to see just how much it will cost to get that giant tree removed.