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    Busch Gardens Skyride reportedly damaged by weekend storm sweeps through Williamsburg


    September 26, 2022 - Sian Wilkerson, Daily Press

     

      Around 2,500 Williamsburg-area residents lost power due to a storm that passed through the area Sunday evening.

      According to Interim Williamsburg Fire Chief Larry Snyder, more than 2,500 customers were without power at the peak of the outages. The most significant damage from the storm, which hit the area around 5:30 p.m., came from several fallen trees, some of which hit power lines.

      One downed power line caused a brush fire, damaging a footbridge at Redoubt Park.

      Fire crews responded to the park at 12:51 a.m. and had the fire extinguished by 1:58 a.m. Due to the damage, public access to Redoubt 1 trail is closed indefinitely.

      “Other than that, there were no injuries, no deaths,” Snyder said. “It’s lucky, and we’re glad there were no injuries.”

      According to meteorologist Mike Montefusco, the National Weather Service office in Wakefield received several reports of stronger winds and damage around Virginia, including in the Colonial Triangle region and the Hampton Roads area.

      “We had a cold front move through the region and we had a lot of showers and thunder storms that moved through,” Montefusco said.

      As of Monday afternoon, just 15 residents remained without power, said Snyder, with Dominion Energy onsite working to restore it.

      In Colonial Williamsburg, high winds from the storm overturned several tables in Merchants Square as well as causing minor damage to fences and signage in the Historic Area. Colonial Williamsburg employees are cleaning the storm debris today, spokesperson Ellen Peltz said.

      At Busch Gardens, a tree reportedly fell on a cable connected to the Skyride, according to photos posted on social media. Busch Gardens did not return messages Monday seeking information about how the park was affected by the storm.

      Sian Wilkerson, sian.wilkerson@pilotonline.com, 757-342-6616

      ©2022 Daily Press. Visit dailypress.com. Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

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