New Kent Fire-Rescue cleaning up aftermath of Thursday's storm

NEW KENT – New Kent Fire-Rescue is dealing with the aftermath of last evening’s severe thunderstorms in the Tunstall Road/Old Church Road area of the County. 

Around 6 p.m. Thursday evening, calls began coming into the County’s emergency 911 center concerning downed trees, stranded motorists and downed power lines. Fire Chief Richard Opett held fire and rescue crews over and called in all available staff to assist in the removal of trees in roadways. Fire crews and emergency management staff went door-to door checking on citizens and reported at least four houses and several vehicles in the affected area that were damaged. One family was displaced due to structural damage to their home. No injuries have been reported. 

According to Virginia Dominion Power, 782 customers are without power in New Kent County, down from a peak of approximately 2,500 customers at the height of the storm. Fire-Rescue and Sheriff’s Office personnel will be conducting welfare checks today for individuals with medical needs who are without power.