Caroline County spared by Hurricane Sandy

Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 2:42 pm

Hurricane Sandy was gentle on Caroline County, considering what the storm did in the Northeast.

The hurricane, nicknamed Frankenstorm by many, flooded homes in the Northeast, had gusts over 90 mph in parts of New York and dumped nine inches of snow in Russell County, Virginia.

Rappahannock Electric Cooperative, which supplies electricity to most of Caroline County, reported that only 88 customers lost power. The customers reported the outages between 8 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. Monday, and by 10 p.m., all power was restored, said Casey Hollins, a communications specialist with REC.

Total outages for REC, which has a 22-county service territory, were 17,700, out of 155,000 connections. Most outages were due to trees that fell on power lines. REC crews were working 16-hour shifts, with help from line workers from Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee, Hollins said.

The Virginia Department of Transportation reported no road closings in Caroline County. VDOT’s Fredericksburg District, which includes 14 counties, including Caroline, did report road closings in Essex, Stafford, Westmoreland and Northumberland counties due.

County Public Schools were closed Monday and Tuesday due to the weather, and reopened Wednesday.

County Administrator Charles Culley said no damage was reported to any county buildings.

“It was a powerful storm, and we were just lucky the back sides of the winds weren’t as bad as they had predicted,” Culley said.
A county-wide text message alert said sustained winds would be 30 mph, with gusts up to 50 mph.

County officials had meetings on Saturday and Sunday to prepare for the storm. They also had conference calls with state officials, including the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, Culley said. County employees tested generators at pump stations for the water and sewage treatment plants and for the county dispatcher and emergency operation center.

Only 1.86 inches fell on Caroline County on Monday, and less than an inch fell on Tuesday. There were over 50 deaths in eight states during the storm and over eight million lost electricity.

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