The summer storm that dropped some much needed rain last Thursday also dropped quite a few trees and limbs. High winds swept over Cheraw and Chesterfield, leaving a visible trail of twisted limbs, downed power lines and uprooted trees. There were no reports of personal injuries.
Most of the wind damage seen in Cheraw was on the eastern side of the downtown area. Residents in Wallace said hail covered the ground there the same evening, and several large trees were uprooted in downtown Chesterfield.
Chesterfield Town Administrator David Huntley said the streets in Chesterfield had been cleared, and power restored, before Friday morning. But with the town’s dump truck in the shop for repairs, “Cheraw agreed to assist us with one of their knuckleboom trucks and crew on Tuesday to pick up the remaining piles and take to our disposal site,” said Huntley.
“Their assistance is greatly appreciated,” he added.
Cheraw Public Works Director Donna Byrd said she went out around 10 p.m. that night, when reports came in that a lane of traffic was blocked on Cash Road due to a fallen tree. On Friday morning, she was still surveying damage around town so that any limbs from town owned trees could be cleared as soon as possible.
A tree on Maynard Street in Cheraw was uprooted in the June 19 storm, taking power lines down with it. And nearly half of an old oak on Huger Street landed on the resident’s home.
The Town Green, which is still in the midst of work to renovate the historic buildings, was also hit. A large tree limb destroyed one of the historical markers, but none of the buildings were damaged.
Limbs came down in Old St. David’s Cemetery and in the Chesterfield Cemetery beside the Chesterfield County School District office on S.C. 9.
An infant’s grave marker from 1888 was knocked from its base in St. David’s Cemetery, but remained intact. The child buried there was born June 19, 1887.
— Reach Staff Writer Karen Kissiah at 843-537-5261.