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UPDATE AT 10:05 P.M. TUESDAY: Here is the latest situation report. It includes an update on our efforts to restore power and a statement from City Manager Ken Larking on a request to extend the local state of emergency, which City Council voted to approve at its meeting tonight.
Local state of emergency extended
Danville City Council voted tonight to extend the declaration of a local state of emergency until 5 p.m., Friday, Oct. 26. City Manager Ken Larking outlined the need to extend the declaration in the following statement:
“The City continues to be under a local state of emergency. While we have made a lot of progress in restoring our community back to some sense of normalcy, there are many customers who are still without power.
“In addition, there are several neighborhood roads that have compromising conditions including washouts and fallen trees. We feel confident that we’ve identified all those areas and put up safety precautions to alert the public. We continue to urge the public to be safe when venturing out. However, the majority of the City is safe for people to travel and resume normal activity.
“The purpose of keeping the state of emergency in place is because we have several infrastructure issues that need to be corrected as soon as possible – including ones that may be compromised if even a moderate rain event occurs.
“The state of emergency allows the City to expedite purchasing of materials and hiring of contractors to get these repairs finished much sooner. For that reason, the state of emergency will remain in effect until Friday, Oct. 26, at 5 p.m.
“We are a resilient community. I am proud of my coworkers for their tireless effort in getting Danville back up and running. I am also heartened by the stories of neighbors assisting neighbors and the patience many have shown as our dedicated employees and partners work to serve the public.”
Update on power outages
As of 9 p.m., we have less than 500 customers without power. We continue to have eight crews from other cities plus contract crews assisting our crews. All are working 16-hour shifts to restore power service to customers.
In Danville, crews worked today on side streets and addressed individual outages throughout the city. They will continue to address those issues on Wednesday.
In Pittsylvania County, we restored service today in the Cascade community and began working toward the Axton and Callands communities. Crews will continue to work in those areas on Wednesday.
In the eastern sections of Pittsylvania County, we are working to restore power tonight to customers in the Keeling community. Work continues in the Laurel Grove, Sutherlin and Alton areas.
“We have power restored to 99 percent of customers, but that being said, that means there are about 500 customers that have been without power since Thursday,” City Manager Ken Larking said tonight at the City Council meeting. “There are a lot of frustrated customers out there. They have lost a lot during that time. Our heart goes out to them.
“I got into this line of work because I believe in public service. Our city employees really care about our community and want to do what is best for this community. I have witnessed that firsthand during this emergency. I am so proud of everyone.”
UPDATE AT 12:30 P.M. TUESDAY
Here is the latest situation report:
UPDATE AT 8:30 P.M. MONDAY
Utility crews continue making progress in restoring power service. We have about 800 to 1,000 customers remaining without power. Today, we have completed working on main lines along primary roadways. We are now working in neighborhoods with large outages as well as working on some isolated outages in those neighborhoods.
In Danville, crews today finished working on Girard Street, which had substantial damage with broken poles and fallen trees. With those issues fixed, service was restored as well to Richmond Boulevard from Girard Street to Purdum Woods.
In Pittsylvania County, work continued in the Cascade, Kentuck off Route 360, Laurel Grove, Sutherlin and Alton areas. In Cascade, crews restored power on Fontaine Road, and they continue working on both sides of Cascade Road/Route 622 toward Huntington Trail. To all media outlets,
UPDATE AT 1:30 P.M. MONDAY
UPDATE AT 8 P.M. SUNDAY
City Manager Ken Larking has issued the following statement:
“Currently, electric crews are still working on primary lines and primary roadways. When that work is complete, they will begin working on smaller, isolated outages within neighborhoods. We know that there are several customers still without power and we are working as quickly and safely as possible to get to them. We have crews from four cities and contract crews all working 16-hour shifts to help our City return to normal. I appreciate everyone's patience through this process. We continue to be in a state of emergency with unsafe road conditions and downed power lines. I urge people to be careful.”
Here is the situation report as of 8 p.m.:
UPDATE AT 2:30 P.M. SUNDAY
UPDATE AT 6:30 P.M. SATURDAY
Mayor Alonzo Jones has issued the following statement: “Our community has been shaken by Tropical Storm Michael. Utility crews are working tirelessly to restore power to all households and businesses. I am asking all citizens to continue to remain calm and strong.”
Below, you will read updates on power outages and street closures. In addition, there is important information for city residents on collection of yard waste debris and furniture and other flood-damaged household items.
UPDATE AT 9:45 A.M. SATURDAY
• A local state of emergency remains in place.
• We have 4,000 to 5,000 customers without power. The major sections in Danville without power are West Main Street from the Old West End to Schoolfield and the neighborhoods along South Main Street. These areas have multiple issues with broken poles and fallen trees.
• In Pittsylvania County, the major areas without power are Westover/Mount Cross Road, Brosville/Cascade, and U.S. 58 East/Mountain Hill Road.
• We expect to restore power to most of our customers today. Crews continue working 16-hour shifts.
• Here is an update on major street closures since the previous report:
o River Street from Main Street to Old Halifax Road remains closed, but likely will be reopened later today when the floodwater recedes below 22 feet. At 9:01 a.m., the river level was at 24.44 feet.
o Goodyear Boulevard at Jenny Lane also will likely be reopened later today as floodwaters recede.
o Memorial Drive from Bishop Avenue to West Main Street remains closed due to tree damage, but Public Works crews are working to reopen that section today.
o Third Avenue West is open with a temporary fix.
o Audubon Drive is closed at Apollo Avenue and will remain closed through the weekend.
• The Dan River fell below major flood stage overnight. Major flood stage is 25.5 feet. The current river level is 24445 feet.
• The Riverwalk Trail, Ballou Park and the Ballou Park Recreation Center, and Anglers Park remain closed.
UPDATE POSTED AT 5:15 P.M. FRIDAY
The second fatality victim from last night’s storm has been identified as 60-year-old Jennifer Bjarnesen Mitchell of Danville, according to Danville Police. Her body will be transported to Roanoke for autopsy.
UPDATE POSTED AT 10:30 A.M. FRIDAY:
Police and Fire and Rescue personnel responded to the scene of two storm-related incidents that resulted in fatalities overnight.
At approximately 5 p.m. Thursday, William Lynn Tanksley, 53, of Danville was swept away from his vehicle by swift moving water during flash flooding near the 100 block of Colonial Court. His body will be transported to Roanoke for autopsy.
A second fatality occurred on Goodyear Boulevard around 10:20 p.m. Thursday. The victim was stranded inside of a vehicle that was overrun by flash flood waters. Victim identification is pending family notification.
Here is the latest situation report:
UPDATE POSTED AT 10 P.M. THURSDAY
ORIGINAL POST AT NOON THURSDAY
City of Danville departments are mobilized for Tropical Storm Michael, which is passing today to the southeast and will bring heavy rain at times and, later today, gusty winds.
According to the National Weather Service, Michael presents a number of threats to the area, including flash flooding, river flooding, debris flows, gusty winds of 30 mph that could result in localized power outages, and isolated tornadoes.
A flash flood watch and a tornado watch are in effect for Danville.
As of noon today, Michael was located in south central North Carolina and moving northeast. Michael is expected to stay well to the southeast of Danville, according to the National Weather Service office in Blacksburg.
However, Danville will receive four to six inches of rain through today. Rainfall will be heavy at times and could lead the National Weather Service to issue a flash flood warning later today.
On Friday, the rain will end and winds will diminish, but the Dan River in Danville is expected to reach near major flood stage. The National Weather Service has issued a river flood warning that is effective from 1:05 a.m. Friday to 11:56 p.m. Saturday.
The latest projection shows the Dan River cresting in Danville at 24.7 feet around noon Friday. The river level is currently at 7.77 feet. It reaches moderate flood stage at 20.5 feet and major flood stage at 25.5 feet.
The Public Works Department has set up water pumps on River Street to keep the street open, and it has loaded barricades on trucks to deploy if street closures are necessary.
To assist in preparations by residents in flood prone areas, the Public Works Department is providing sand for public use. The sand will be available at the following locations:
Sand bags are not being provided.
Later today and into the night, the area will receive wind gusts of 30 mph, which in conjunction with the saturated ground could produce localized power outages. Danville Utilities crews are on standby and prepared to work 16-hour shifts if necessary.
The Parks and Recreation Department anticipates it will be necessary to close Anglers Park later today due to flooding. Warning signs of likely flooding are in place at other areas of the Riverwalk Trail. Sections will be closed as needed.
Residents and visitors are urged to monitor weather developments and pay attention to the river flood warning that has been issued and any warnings if issued for flash flooding and tornadoes.
They also should know the Danville Utilities 24-hour emergency number – (434) 773-8300 – so that it is readily available if needed to report a power outage.
Danville residents and visitors can sign up for weather alerts by email and text at www.danvilleva.gov and should monitor media reports or the following web pages and social media feeds from the National Weather Service, National Hurricane Center, Storm Prediction Center and Weather Prediction Center: