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Campbell County sees more than $17 million in damage after tornado

(Photo courtesy of Altitude Imaging)

CAMPBELL Co., Va. (WSET) -- Campbell County has issued its latest storm update after an EF-3 tornado hit Campbell County, Lynchburg, and Amherst County.

A state of emergency was declared by Campbell County on Tuesday, April 17.

When the tornado hit, Campbell County said they received 134 911 calls from 7 p.m. Sunday to 7 a.m. Monday.

Under the guidance of the National Weather Service, Campbell County Public Safety surveyed damage five miles east-southeast of Rustburg and confirmed an EF-1 tornado with a 1.7 mile path length and maximum winds of 90 mph.

Structural loss for the Timberlake area is estimated at $17,288,769 ($847,769.00 residential; $16,441,000.00 commercial).

At this time, 16 businesses, and two duplexes have been reported as having received severe structural damage; some are total losses.

VDOT is providing curbside natural/vegetative debris pickup for residences in the tornado affected areas of Campbell County.

Only woody/natural storm debris should be placed behind ditch lines.

VDOT crews will only pick up natural/vegetation materials and there is no size limit on natural debris pieces placed for pick-up.

Residents with natural storm debris (brush, limbs, etc.) can contact Appomattox VDOT Residency Office at 434-352-5267 to coordinate material pick-up.

Storm-affected residents (who are non-commercial landfill users) with storm debris may haul materials to the Region 2000 landfill site, located at 449 Livestock Road, Rustburg; Friday’s operating hours will remain from 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. The landfill will be extending hours on Saturday and Sunday, opening at 7 a.m. and closing at 4 p.m.

Vegetative debris may be deposited at the Campbell County convenience center.

Remember, there is a burn ban in effect so you can no burn until after 4 p.m.

The Campbell County Sheriff’s Office is actively patrolling the affected areas as clean-up continues.

Businesses with severe damage:

  • Waterlick Garage (2 different buildings)
  • The Floor Show
  • Med Express
  • Starbucks
  • Century 21
  • Burger King
  • Point Source Audio (also a vacant building located there)
  • (Former) Omni Auto Sound
  • 20715 Timberlake Rd Suites 101,103 &106 (Dr. Sloop’s office)
  • St. Clair Eye Center
  • Builders’ Choice
  • Napa
  • Betty Brite Cleaners
  • Two duplex buildings were also severely damaged

Campbell County Public Safety officials use an emergency alert system called CodeRED and encourages residents and businesses to register for those alerts.

The CodeRED platform works jointly with the Campbell County GIS database, the federal IPAWS network, and the National Weather Service to send automated messages about large scale threats, such as tornadoes and severe thunderstorms.

For additional information on the CodeRED platform, or to register, go online here.

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