Crews On Standby for Possible Power Outages

By: Anna-Lysa Gayle Email
By: Anna-Lysa Gayle Email

Harrisonburg, Va. (WHSV) -- Trees can mean bad news for crews working through the storm. They are worried about downed power lines.

Chapman Williams and his team are just one of the contractors working with the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) who will be focusing on clearing trees if they land on roadways.

"It's important to be able to keep the trees out the roadways, so people can get to work, emergency vehicles can respond. Fire departments can respond to emergencies," said Williams, who is the co-owner of Williams Brothers Tree & Lawn Service.

Since 8 p.m. Wednesday, crews have been on standby across the state, waiting for anything that could happen, especially when it comes to power outages.

Right snow, conditions could be the perfect storm for chaos.

"With a dry snow it's not as bad, but a wet snow is so much weight on the limb and they have a tendency to break," said James Jones, who is a supervisor with Pittman's Tree and Landscaping.

Fallen trees could mean downed power lines. Electricity companies need to carefully remove trees or they could risk getting hurt.

"We remove any trees or any hazards to the line, we make it safe for their workers to actually replace the line or put it back on the pole," said James Jones, who is a Supervisor with Pittman's Tree and Landscaping.

It's not just power companies, that Jones and his team will be helping, they'll also help telephone companies like Verizon if needed.

Crews said they will work until the storm passes.

"So I won't be getting any sleep in the next couple days," said Williams.

Crews with Pittman's Tree and Landscaping will be sent to areas from Baltimore to North Carolina.

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