Heavy storms that blanketed much of the metro on Friday night caused heavy rainfall but little damage in Clarke County, Virginia. A rain-soaked limb broke a power line near the intersection of Castleman Ferry Road and Virginia Route 7 around 5:00pm and knocked out power to approximately 800 Clarke County residents on both the east and west side of the Shenandoah River for several hours.
A brief woods fire caused by the broken power line caused little damage due to the soaking rains that had blanketed the area for much of the afternoon.
“When we arrived on scene the wires were arc-ing pretty well,” said a firefighter from Blue Ridge Volunteer Fire Department who responded to the call.
Rappahannock Electric Cooperative crews responded to the downed lines within twenty minutes of the damage. Crews were still working on-scene at to repair the damage at 9:00pm however power had been restored earlier in the evening.