Periods of rain over Fredericksburg on and off until mid-evening Thursday with some storms to the south, but the worst has passed. Rappahannock Electric's Anne Lewis says they have more than 5,000 in the dark south of Fredericksburg. Lightning and fallen trees are the likely culprits of the outages. She says they have line crew and tree cutters on teh ground and will work round the clock until all of the lights are back on.
One of those trees fell very close to Gary Cooper's south Stafford home. He tells WFLS they feel lucky. He says the huge maple has been in his subdivision off Truslow Road for years. It apparently fell over Thursday afternoon and ripped the entire root ball out of the ground. When it came down, it went between his garden and a swing, falling close to the house. For the most part, Cooper says it missed everything and they feel blessed. We asked if he has any advice for his neighbors or our readers and listeners. "Many of these trees in older subdivisions look great on the outside, but might be hollow." He walked around the base of the fallen tree and says the roots look rotted. He says people shouldn't take safety for granted and might want to keep an eye out on their property after bad storms.
While you are out driving through Friday morning, Fredericksburg Deputy Fire Chief Mike Jones says remember that areas near small streams and creeks prone to flash flooding. In the city, some of those are near Hazel Run, Fall Hill Avenue and Normandy Village. Though many parts of Route 1 north to Stafford and south to Massapponax could also pose problems. VDOT's Kelly Hannon says if you do come across a closed road, take an alternate route. If you can't see the bottom of pooled water never try to drive through it. If you come upon a road with a fallen tree or that is flooded and not marked, call 1-800-FOR-ROAD.
Issues with high water from the Rappahannock River could return in the area over the next couple days as the rain that fell to the west moves downstream.