ABINGDON, Va. – Days after strong winds and heavy rainfall whipped through the region, cleanup efforts continued across Washington County, including at Green Valley Poultry Farm.
The 50-year-old farm on Wyndale Road suffered damage and a lot of broken eggs during the storm, which knocked out power to thousands and downed trees across the Mountain Empire. No chickens died.
“We did have a shed that was damaged during the storm,” said Jim Fogelman, farm manager at Green Valley. “That particular shed is one of four that we have on the property and it is responsible for transporting the eggs from the layer house to the processing plant.”
Fogelman said getting the shed rebuilt in a timely manner is vital to the operation.
“We have over 200,000 birds laying their eggs,” Fogelman said. “We have to continue with our daily operation because these birds don’t care if it’s a holiday or some disaster happened.”
The Wagner family started the egg business in Southwest Virginia and today the farm is among the largest egg-producing farms in Virginia.
Less than 24 hours after the storm, Fogelman said construction crews had all parts of the damaged shed removed and the ground was being prepped to start rebuilding.
“We had all our carpenters from Pennsylvania here waiting,” Fogelman said. “They got all the measurements and the supplies ordered so we can start rebuilding that damaged shed.”
An upper level weather system to the west of Bristol caused showers and thunderstorms to develop, according to the National Weather Service in Morristown, Tennessee. Bristol, Virginia and Abingdon were the hardest hit, according to the NWS, which received dozens of damage reports in those areas.
The Red Cross assisted an Abingdon family after a tree fell on their home during the storm. Tim Estes, the county’s emergency management director, said Friday that the Wyndale Road area was most impacted by the storm, due to the number of fallen trees and downed power lines. No injuries were reported, he added.
During the storm, county officials temporarily asked Norfolk Southern to stop sending trains through Abingdon, as fallen trees obstructed tracks in multiple locations.
About 4,000 Appalachian Power customers in Southwest Virginia were without electricity during the storm, according to spokeswoman Teresa Hamilton Hall.