Cleanup begins in Irene’s aftermath

This downed tree in Varina was one of hundreds in Henrico felled by Irene yesterday.
Henrico residents are cleaning up today in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene, which pounded the region with tropical storm-force winds for more than 12 hours. The storm dumped about 5 to 7 inches of rain across the county and brought down hundreds of trees, causing massive power outages throughout Henrico.

As of 1 p.m. Sunday, more than 86,000 of Dominion Virginia Power's 143,000 Henrico customers were without power. The largest pockets of outages were in the Tuckahoe District (near Parham Road's intersections with Patterson Avenue and River Road); Short Pump (near Short Pump Town Center); Mountain Road in Glen Allen (near RF&P Park); Parham Road near West Broad Street; Route 5 in Varina near I-295; and Nine Mile Road near Laburnum in Eastern Henrico.


Some service has been restored in the county today, but Dominion officials initially could not offer a timeline for the restoration of other service. By later this afternoon, however, officials were telling some customers to expect their power back between 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. tonight. Company officials are examining conditions throughout the region today and plan to release a more detailed schedule Monday afternoon describing when power will return to those customers experiencing outages.

Irene toppled this tree in the Three Chopt
District Aug. 27 (submitted by reader
Shoshanna Schechter-Shaffin).
Henrico County closed a temporary shelter at Rolfe Middle School in Varina this morning but will continue to operate one at Elko Middle School in Sandston.

The county also opened family assistance shelters at Belmont Recreation Center in Lakeside and Deep Run Recreation Center in the West End from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. today for residents who need access to electricity to recharge medical equipment or those seeking basic comforts, such as air conditioning.

In addition, Henrico will open free water filling stations for residents beginning at 4 p.m. Sunday at Fire Station No. 2, 2400 Darbytown Road in Varina; and at Fire Station No. 15, 3820 Mountain Road in Glen Allen. Residents should bring their own containers; bottled water will not be provided.

Residents with questions or concerns in the wake of Irene should call the Henrico Hurricane Hotline at (804) 501-7413.
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State Police urge motorists to #MoveOver during Memorial Day weekend

Memorial Day signifies the official start of summer, and Virginia State Police officials are urging motorists to "do what’s right when they see lights" and move over.

The “Move Over” law is a lifesaving law intended to protect public safety professionals and highway workers who help to maintain the safety of the Commonwealth’s roads. State Police are using the #MoveOver hashtag on social media to promote the law. > Read more.

Henrico to hold June 8 open house on Route 5 Corridor/Marion Hill study

The Henrico County Planning Department will hold an open house Thursday, June 8 for residents and other members of the public to provide input for a study of the Route 5 Corridor/Marion Hill areas.

The open house will be held from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Varina Area Library, 1875 New Market Road. The meeting’s informal structure will allow the public to attend at their convenience and to ask questions and discuss the study one on one with Planning staff. > Read more.

Henrico real estate staying strong despite low inventory

The Henrico real estate market has been relatively strong for the past month, despite a lower amount of inventory, according to data from Long and Foster Real Estate.

In the past month, 408 homes have been sold in Henrico, which is 2 percent less than were sold in the same timeframe in 2016.

Last year the median sale prices for Henrico homes was $219,975, whereas this month it's up to $232,500, a 6 percent increase. Which means half of the homes in Henrico are priced above $232,500 and half are priced below. > Read more.

Smither named director of Henrico’s Department of Finance

Henrico County Manager John A. Vithoulkas has appointed Edward N. “Ned” Smither Jr. to serve as director of the Department of Finance, effective July 1.

Smither has served Henrico since 2013 as director of the Accounting Division in Finance. He will succeed Eugene H. Walter, who has delayed his retirement until June 30 to ensure an orderly transition within the department.
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State honors EMS officials this week

There were nearly 1.5 million emergency medical services calls and 4,063 incidents per day in Virginia just last year.

This week, May 21-27, declared as National EMS week by Gov. Terry McAuliffe, recognizes the more than 34,000 EMS personnel and 631 agencies in the state and commends their efforts and commitment to Commonwealth citizens.
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