Storm blamed for barge crash in Virginia transmission tower

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Dominion Energy is currently evaluating a transmission tower in Southeast Virginia that was struck by a barge during a rain storm Monday morning, according to a report from WTKR in Norfolk.

The Chesapeake Fire Department said the tower is on the Elizabeth River just north of the High Rise Bridge on Interstate 64. It’s just south of Norfolk. Firefighters received the call about the crash at 9:36 a.m. Monday.

When crews arrived, firefighters found a leaning high-voltage transmission tower. They believe the high tide, as well as wind gusts exceeding 40 mph during the storm, caused the river barge to hit the tower. The rain turned to snow Monday afternoon as the high winds continued to howl.

Dominion Energy is preparing repair plans. Company officials said all power lines are intact and, if necessary, power can be rerouted to other lines. No widespread power outages were reported in the area late Monday afternoon.

Firefighters said vessel traffic in the river had not been affected by the incident.

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