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Russells Point chief addresses storm damage

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Russells Point Police Chief Joe Freyhof released a statement just before midnight regarding “significant” damages caused by Wednesday’s storm, reporting several homes without power and many power lines torn completely off homes.

“We are asking residents to exercise caution when checking or cleaning their property as downed lines may become energized as power is restored. “Additionally,” he said, “Many trees are still laying across power lines and other utilities,” and others remain unsteady and unpredictable as to if and when they will completely fall.

He said a brief damage survey found a dozen or more large trees uprooted or broken. Those trees collectively damaged out buildings, garages, and at least three homes.

Chief Freyhof said primary power lines and a gas leak caused by downed trees forced the closure of Orchard Island Road at Beatley’s Mobile Home Park for more than an hour.

“This closure stopped cars from coming or going from Orchard Island. “The 200 block of Grand Avenue was also closed for a period of time as primary power lines were torn down by multiple downed trees.

Many roadways south of Elliot Road were completely blocked until roughly 9 p.m., but all roads are now open.

“We are watching Sunnyside Avenue and Elliot Road for potential flooding as water has all ready covered the roadway.”

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