PORTSMOUTH, Va. – The Coast Guard closed the Elizabeth River between the Gilmerton Bridge and the High Rise Bridge to all vessel traffic Thursday.
As a crane passed under the High Rise Bridge Thursday morning, it impacted transmission lines, knocking out power for parts of Virginia Beach and Chesapeake.
The Coast Guard is currently on-scene and evaluating the situation with the Chesapeake Fire Department, as the potentially-downed power lines could be a hazard to navigation.
No injuries have been reported.
Mariners transiting the Elizabeth River can contact Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads via VHF Channel 16.