Downed power lines close I-264 for hours

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NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Downed power lines closed a stretch of I-264 and the Tide, and caused a power outage in Norfolk Tuesday afternoon.

Power was knocked out for 1,635 customers in Norfolk around 4 p.m. when power lines fell on eastbound I-264 at Mississippi Avenue. Dominion Virginia Power spokeswoman Bonita Harris said the downed wires caused a nearby circuit breaker to fail.

VDOT crews closed I-264 in both directions at Ballentine Boulevard (EB mile marker 9.9) for about two hours and put detours in place.

Harris said the power was back on at 6 p.m., around the same time VDOT said it had started reopening lanes on I-264. Drivers were still told to expect delays in Norfolk and Virginia Beach, as traffic congestion cleared.

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Harris said the power lines likely fell during tree trimming work nearby, not associated with Dominion.

Dominion crews removed the wires from the interstate, but returned later Tuesday night to put the wire back in place. I-264 was closed in both directions at midnight and reopened shortly before 3 a.m.

The downed lines also fell on a light rail circuit and train, causing an outage of the Tide and some damage to the light rail car. Rail system crews worked through the night to replace parts in three signal houses damaged when the power line fell. Light rail service resumed early Wednesday morning.

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