Charlottesville Residents Enter Day 4 Without Power

By: Mark Tenia Email
By: Mark Tenia Email

June 28, 2010

Dominion Virginia Power officials say that Pine Top Road, near the intersection of Emmet and Barracks Road in Charlottesville, is one of the few roads in the area that have been without power since Thursday night's microburst storm. They say the reason is due to fallen trees limbs and debris, which crews must clear before they can activate the lines and restore power.

Contractors spent Monday afternoon working high above the trees, cutting down potential dangers and removing fallen limbs from power lines. Some residents were holding out hope to see power in their homes for the first time in four days.

A power line and meter were ripped out of the house of Max Wareham and Addie Horan.

"We're missing the fridge, it's hot. We've had to move all of our food to Addie's parents' fridge. So we haven't been spending a lot of time here when we need to eat a meal," said Max Wareham.

Max and Addie moved what they could out of the fridge, but the rest is now headed for the trash. Both say they've spent as little time as possible at the dark house, but when they are there, they've done what they can to get by.

"We take cold showers, we don't run around. We don't do any aerobics," said Addie.

The two pass the time reading by candlelight, sleeping and playing music. Max has been playing the banjo for more than a year, and Addie the guitar for about a year. They say playing music is a good way to pass the time that doesn't require any electricity.

While Max and Addie say it hasn't been that bad dealing without power, they both admit it wouldn't be bad to put down the instruments and listen to the radio.

"I am keenly anticipating power. I'm really looking forward to it," said Max.

Dominion does have a message for any customers who may still be without power. Officials say they've been working around the clock since Thursday night to try and restore power as soon as possible. Dominion says it hopes to have power restored to all of its customers by Monday night.

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