Botetourt Emergency Services Director Carr Boyd said, ” Botetourt has weathered the storm well. We are fortunate; not through it yet as we will watch the winds, but with schools closed little traffic is on the road.”
The stoplight at Wesley Way and Roanoke Road at Botetourt Commons blinked yellow as three state troopers directed traffic about 10:00 a.m. and was the only major event noted.
The Botetourt View drove around for a while this morning. It was 35 degrees and the wind howling west of Fincastle. Snow had lightly blanketed Caldwell Mountain and blew in flurries around the Town of Fincastle. North of town a stream of power and tree service trucks headed north on Botetourt Road but likely to snow filled areas in the Allegheny Highlands and West Virginia.
Jason Bond of VDOT issued the following report:
SALEM DISTRICT: NO ROAD CONDITIONS REPORTED FOR SNOW, BUT VDOT BUSY WITH DOWNED TREES
SALEM – Starting at 7 p.m. yesterday, Virginia Department of Transportation crews and hired contractors in the Salem transportation district began working in 12-hour shifts to address road conditions caused by snow and to remove trees and other debris that fell into roadways due to the strong winds generated from Hurricane Sandy.
Snow created slick roads only in the higher elevations with most accumulating snow reported further west. As of 4:30 a.m., there are no road conditions reported in the Salem District due to snow. The Salem transportation district includes the counties of Bedford, Botetourt, Carroll, Craig, Floyd, Franklin, Giles, Henry, Montgomery, Patrick, Pulaski and Roanoke.
VDOT crews in western Virginia were very busy last night clearing roads of debris and numerous fallen trees caused by high winds.”
To report downed trees or hazardous road conditions on state maintained roads, call VDOT’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623).
For up to the minute road and traffic conditions, log onto www.511virginia.org.
The Power Companies APCO, Dominion and Craig- Botetourt had the following reports:
APCO: 282 customers in the dark.
Dominion: Less than 50 in the Buchanan area.
Craig-Botetourt: Numerous outages. They will call back with an estimate of Botetourt customers without power. Eagle Rock and Catawba seemed to be affected by reading Facebook postings. Their Facebook can be utilized to see how long an outage may last in a particular area.
If you do lose your electric power, call in the outage.