CHESAPEAKE, Va. — Thousands of households were without power in Chesapeake and Virginia Beach after a crane on a barge became tangled in power lines Thursday.

The barge was traveling upriver from the Gilmerton Bridge toward the High Rise Bridge when it got stuck in the power lines off the company grounds of Coastal PreCast, VDOT spokeswoman Holly Christopher said.

The Chesapeake Fire Department said the incident happened around 11:45 a.m. and that three high-voltage transmission lines had been pulled from the towers that spanned each side of the river.

As of 2:30 p.m., only a handful of power outages were reported in Virginia Beach and Chesapeake, according to the Dominion Energy outage map.

Earlier, a communications spokesperson with Dominion Energy said power was out to more than 21,000 customers in Chesapeake and Virginia Beach. Power was restored by re-routing from other substations.

Power outage map
The extent of outages Thursday afternoon after a crane struck power lines near the High Rise Bridge.
Dominion Energy

Christopher said the incident is being turned over to the Coast Guard.

The U.S. Coast Guard said boat traffic will be closed between the High Rise and the Gilmerton bridges while an investigation is underway and the downed power lines are removed from the water.

Chesapeake Fire said three crew members were on board the barge at the time of the accident. No injuries have been reported.

According to police dispatch, the following traffic lights were out during the outages:

  • Kempsville and Princess Anne
  • Avalon Avenue and Kempsville
  • Indian River and Providence
  • 5000 block of Ferrell Parkway
  • All along South Military Highway