Campbell County neighborhoods cleaning up after tornado touchdown


LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) -- Lynchburg VDOT said as of 3 p.m., most roads are open across the Lynchburg District that includes Campbell County after the strong storms and possible tornado Sunday night.

Two locations with significant damage, Route 130 in Amherst County and US 460 Business in Campbell County, are now open.

The storm tore through Brooklawn Drive's neighborhood in Campbell County.

"We took five steps to our basement and by then the windows were breaking, stuff was flying," said Belinda Kelly who lives on the road.

"It was like flight or fight," added John Knaus. "I just got down because I didn't want to be standing up if the roof came down."

VDOT is working to bring all signals back on line at this time; until then, any intersections with non-functioning signals are treated as four-way stops.

Emergency responders, utility crews and others are still working to address damage clean up at many locations and motorists are encouraged to avoid unnecessary travel, particularly in heavily damaged areas.

Lynette Andrews says her family spent the entire morning picking up the pieces.

"It's just overwhelming and scary and it could have been a lot worse," she said. "All of the cars are totaled. It's a lot to deal with."

But with the help of neighbors, everyone is getting back on their feet.

Neighbors and the businesses in the area say the amount of damage to their homes could take weeks to fix but they're happy everyone made it through.

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