Downed trees cause problems across Central Virginia


RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Storm damage was visible across Central Virginia Monday evening. The storms came and went quickly, but left plenty of damage in their wake.

The biggest problem was downed trees. Some caused traffic to be rerouted, others landed on power lines and cars.

A resident on Thompson Street in the city’s Museum District told 8News it wasn’t long after the storm hit that his wife heard a crash.

“At first she didn’t know what was going on, and then she realized it had to be a tree limb or something had fallen,” Thompson Street resident Errol Somay said.

Somay said he knew the oak was an older tree, but he and his wife had been hopeful in the past that the tree would survive heavy storms.

“We actually had approached the city about trimming this tree and we didn’t get much traction on that issue,” Somay said. “So I’m a little upset we weren’t able to save the tree.”

Other areas of Richmond also saw downed trees.

On Brinkwood Drive, a tree landed on a utility line, but neighbors told 8News they fortunately still had power.

On Lingle Lane, crews had to cut down a giant tree lying in the road.

Some property owners didn’t have as much luck. In Henrico County, a neighbor’s tree landed on a family’s car.

“My husband was trying to jump into it and get it under the porch, but the rain was coming too fast. So he said, ‘we’ll be alright and then the tree fell on it,” Nancy Hubbard explained.

Hubbard said she’s not worried about the dents on the car, she’s just happy no one got hurt.

“She is so upset and it’s not her fault, that’s nature,” Hubbard said. “You can’t stop what nature does.”

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