Severe Thunderstorm – 25 May 2019
Facing incredibly severe thunderstorms on 25 May 2019, Ambulance 5 was proudly staffed by two senior and two junior volunteers from noon to 2200hrs. Armed with the typical array of medical equipment, as well as several chainsaws and safety equipment, the volunteers ensured the medical needs of Stafford were met during the storm. As junior members are required to unstaff at 2200, LT Nick Smoot and SGT Stuart Kimball staffed Response Vehicle 5 until 0200, clearing several downed trees, ensuring citizens were safe in the presence of downed power lines, and continued to work with Stafford County Area Command to ensure resources such as VDOT and the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office were deployed to the Brooke Region.
From the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office:
Good morning, Stafford residents. Last night, a severe storm swept through the county, causing extensive damage, power outages, and fallen trees and debris in roadways. We are currently working with the National Weather Service to determine the nature of the storm. Throughout the evening, the Stafford Sheriff’s Office worked in collaboration with our community partners including Stafford Fire and Rescue to check homes for injuries from fallen trees, clear debris from roadways, and respond to other storm-related emergencies.
The Emergency Operations Center was activated in response to the storm. The Red Cross was also notified and placed citizens affected by the storm in shelters. There are many residents without power, including 545 Dominion Energy customers and 224 NOVEC customers.
Currently, there is extensive damage in the area of Longwood Drive. We are urging residents to avoid the area. All roads are open with the exception of Brooke Road between Andrew Chapel Road and Eskimo Hill Road. It is estimated to reopen at approximately 1:00 p.m. Anyone with a blocked road or driveway is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at (540) 658-4400.