Power Nearly Back In Shenandoah County

Cooling Stations Open

Posted: July 2, 2012

The violent storm on Friday night damaged bleachers at Rebel Park in New Market. (Photo Courtesy Town Of New Market)
Just more than 200 Shenandoah County residents were still without power Monday afternoon as a result of violent storm that swept through the Valley on Friday night.

J. Michael Aulgur, with the Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative, said that number could drop further by the end of the day.

“Our goal is to have most if not all of the remaining services restored by end of the day tomorrow,” he said.

A cooling station is open at the Shenandoah County Library at 514 Stoney Creek Boulevard in Edinburg to provide an air-conditioned environment for those still without power today.

Other stations were open throughout the county during the weekend, including locations in New Market and Star Tannery. However, only about a handful of residents took advantage of the stations according to Assistant County Administrator Mary Beth Price.

The Edinburg cooling station will remain open until 8 p.m.

The well pump in New Market was without power all weekend because of storm damage, leaving the town water production on backup power until about 1:30 p.m. today.

Town Manager Evan Vass said there was also minor damage to Rebel Park. A set of bleachers was toppled and destroyed by the high winds on Friday. Volunteers spent Saturday removing the damaged bleachers, and

Vass said the damage will not effect the next Rebels game scheduled for Friday evening.

Starting today, New Market residents can leave brush and other storm debris out on the street for pick-up.

Vass said brush should be cut into “manageable sizes,” about 4 feet long and no greater than four inches in diameter.

“It appears that a lot of folks spent the weekend cutting up brush,” he said. “We will start making the rounds later today.”

The pick-up will continue all of this week, excluding Wednesday, and into next week.
Contact Kaitlin Mayhew at 574-6290 or kmayhew@dnronline.com

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