20-25 homes damaged, 7 people hurt; Amherst County gives tornado aftermath update

(Photo courtesy of Luke Hall)

AMHERST Co., Va. (WSET) -- Amherst County officials said they have conducted search and rescue efforts in the areas affected by the tornado in Elon with no additional storm victims identified.

Seven people total were injured in the storm and taken to local medical facility; several have been treated and released.

There were no fatalities reported.

At this time, 20-25 homes have been reported as damaged and some are a total loss.

The Amherst County shelter at Monelison Middle School closed at 4 p.m. Monday as there isn't a need for it anymore.

Approximately 2,600 customers in Amherst County remain without power and crews are working as quickly as possible to restore downed lines, but they said it could take a couple days to complete the line work.

Route 130 through Elon has been cleared, however anyone needing to travel that road is asked to proceed with caution. Officials are asking you to stay clear of the area for safety purposes to allow local residents, emergency crews, and volunteer agencies to continue essential recovery work.

Nottoway Drive, Hunt Club Drive, and Deerfield Drive remain closed to public traffic.

Those in affected areas who have natural/plant-based storm debris may place it behind their ditch lines for VDOT to pick up.

Please do not place any household or structural debris in the ditch line areas or in the vegetation materials.

VDOT crews will only pick up natural/vegetation materials.

Waste containers have been placed at the intersections of Deerfield Drive/Hunt Club Drive and at Nottoway Drive/Saponi Drive.

Demolition debris (such as insulation, siding, wiring, sheet rock, etc.) can be deposited there. White goods/household appliances can also be deposed of at these sites. Haz-mat disposal stations are also available at these locations to receive paint, oil, gasoline, pesticides, etc.

Those with significant household damage should wait for insurance companies to assist with needed structural debris removal. For those with total loss of a structure, please do not move large scale debris to the road line.

At this time, donations are only being accepted through the Gleaning for the World Organization – 7539 Stage Road, Concord, VA 24538; phone 434-993-3600; or online.

Donations will also be accepted at Sam’s Club in Lynchburg Tuesday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Those in storm affected areas who need volunteer clean-up assistance can call (434) 946-9307 to request help.

The Virginia State Police will guard damaged properties over the upcoming days. Neighborhoods will be closed at 8 p.m. daily to ensure properties and residents’ belonging are kept safe.

Amherst County schools will remain closed Tuesday, April 17.

A community meeting for those impacted by the storm will be held at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 17 at Elon Baptist Church, 145 Younger Drive, Madison Heights, VA 24572.

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