High winds, tides cause barge to strike Dominion transmission tower in Chesapeake

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CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) — High winds and tides from Monday’s weather system caused a barge to strike a transmission tower in Chesapeake.

The Chesapeake Fire Department says the tower is on the Elizabeth River just north of the High Rise Bridge on I-64. They got the call about the strike at 9:36 a.m.

Fire officials believe the tide and high winds (gusting to 40 mph) caused the 250-foot by 52-foot barge to move and hit the tower.

Dominion Energy responded and said all power lines remained intact, even though the tower was now leaning. There was so service outage as a result of the incident.

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On Friday, Dominion Energy provided an update that the tower was “swiftly demolished and loaded onto a construction barge for removal.”

They also said the waterway in the area is safe. Marine traffic on the river wasn’t impacted.

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