CHINCOTEAGUE--Governor Bob McDonnell visited Chincoteague on the Eastern Shore Wednesday morning to see areas affected by Hurricane Sandy.

He'll also got an aerial view of conditions on Tangier Island and Saxis.

On the ground, he's meeting with people who were affected by the storm's heavy rain and winds and then meet with state and local emergency officials to learn about the recovery effort.

On Chincoteague, the causeway linking the island to the mainland reopened Tuesday but only for emergency vehicles. Residents were being asked to stay off the roads so crews could remove downed trees and power lines.

Many of Chincoteague's streets and roads were covered by water at the height of Sandy's battering Monday. About 3,500 islanders waited out the storm in their homes.

After two days of high winds and pelting rain, water remains deep in some spots and debris is everywhere.

Officials say one resident suffered a minor injury during the storm.

The Virginia National Guard on Tuesday trudged through high water and cut trees to clear a path to rescue seven adults and a child on Cattail Road in the Mears area.

Guard officials say the rescue mission occurred a day after another high-water transport that required soldiers to carry someone who couldn't walk more than 200 yards through chest-high water.

On Tuesday, President Barack Obama okay an emergency declaration for Virginia, which will allow the Federal Emergency Management Administration to help state and local authorities respond to the storm.


7:30 a.m.: aerial tour of Tangier Island, Chincoteague Island and Saxis
8:30 a.m.: meets with local, state officials, police and fire chiefs at Arcadia High School
9:00 a.m.: meets with local, state officials, sheriff, fire and rescue volunteers at Saxis Fire Department
9:50 a.m.: meets with local, state officials at Chincoteague Emergency Operations Center

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