UPDATE: Assessing Damage in the Triangle

August 30th, 2011 by Desiree Parker



Potted plants and furniture are barely visible underneath the trees that destroyed a home on Burns Lane in Williamsburg. Photo by Will Armbruster.

Local governments are working on assessing the damage Hurricane Irene caused in the Triangle, but at least ten homes are uninhabitable and several families have been displaced.


Over the course of Sunday and Monday, localities have been working on assessing damage to businesses and residences. Power is slowly coming back on in some areas, roads are being cleared, other services are being restored and citizens are working on removing debris. Some families have been displaced after the storm. Check other WYDaily stories for news on closings and other hurricane-related information. Scroll to find the UPDATED information.

The City of Williamsburg reports there were 63 buildings damaged, 58 residences and five commercial structures. This does not include Colonial Williamsburg property or the College of William and Mary, neither of which have reported major damage beyond downed trees.

The city estimates the total cost of damage to be roughly $3.8 million ($3.7 million in residential damage and $85,000 in commercial damage).

The city is revising the building permit process to make it easier for residents and businesses to obtain a building permit for hurricane damage. To obtain verbal approval on building permit, residents can call the city’s Planning Department/Codes Compliance at 220-6130. The City is waiving fees for permits related to the storm damage.

The seven homes destroyed and 130 homes sustaining major damage in James City County left nine families in local hotels, according to the county. There were 109 homes that received minor damage.

UPDATE 5:45 p.m.: Damage to private property in the county totaled approximately $21 million.The public damage assessment will be available on August 31.

County staff will be on hand to issue expedited building permits for the repair of structures damaged by the storm at the Law Enforcement Center at 4600 Opportunity Way. All fees will be waived and proof of storm damage is needed. For more information call 879-1995.

York County reports that three homes are uninhabitable, but these families have not requested sheltering from the county. York is also working on collecting data on the extent of damage.

The Red Cross has lost power to its local Williamsburg office, but Triangle residents needing assistance can call (757) 536-9862 for food, shelter or other needs.



3 Responses to UPDATE: Assessing Damage in the Triangle

  1. Anonymous

    August 30, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    Any news of Historic Jamestown? It’s right there on the James River, and I wondered if it flooded. Think of the damage to the archaeological digs!

  2. Anonymous

    August 30, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    I’m sure Deb did not mean to come across as uncaring. I’m sure her first thoughts were for those currently living in this area.

  3. Anonymous

    August 30, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    Senior Staff Archaeologist Danny Schmidt told us yesterday that the dig was secured and not damaged, and the rest of Preservation Virginia’s property was not damaged. The seawall, however, was cracked. We have a picture of the damage in our Facebook photo album here: http://www.facebook.com/yourdailynews

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