PETERSBURG, Va (WRIC) – Several roads in Petersburg were closed Saturday because of downed power lines and thick ice on the roadways.
As of Sunday morning, 10,489 customers in Petersburg were without power, according to Dominion Energy’s website.
8News crews discovered a downed tree sitting on several power lines on Valley Drive at Homestead Drive.
It’s just one example of several trees and power lines that could be seen that have fallen due to a large amount of ice covering the town.
Debris and cracked limbs are scattered across the city after ice has blanketed the area.
Large limbs could be heard cracking and falling on several streets Saturday, and chunks of ice fell with it.
8News spoke with Osmond Chisholm who says he and his family were trying to figure out a place to stay this afternoon after their power went out and a cable line fell in their yard along South Crater Road.
“My power went out like right around 2 o’clock. There’s power lines that went down. There’s branches that I’ve seen fall down. It’s pretty bad,” said Chisholm.
Chisholm said he’s seen previous ice storms in the nineties, but nothing like the one the area has seen this weekend.
“This is easily up there on par with the worst ones from the way the trees look to the power outages, it happened pretty fast,” he told 8News Saturday.
As he picked up and dropped off those in the area, Lyft driver James Doyle said he saw the conditions firsthand.
“I’ve been seeing a lot of trees down. I’ve been seeing a lot of wrecked vehicles,” Doyle said.
Despite the icy conditions, drivers like Doyle remained out on the roads.
“I’ve driven in 11 states, mostly up in the Northwest. I can drive through a meteor shower, no problem,” he said.
Valley Drive at Homestead Drive remained closed Saturday night as the tree is making it impossible for drivers to get through.
Dominion Energy crews were out Saturday assessing the damage in Petersburg. They said the next step is bringing tree removal crews in to take out any fallen trees.