Blame it on the Weather

By: Donald Robinson
By: Donald Robinson

"Pretty much everything from here up hurts," said Kim Dill the driver of this weekend's crash in Staunton. "I think I pulled a muscle."

Thirty-eight-year-old Dill and her mother hit a patch of ice and ran into a light pole.

My head hit the driver side window and it broke," said Dill, "also my mother and I hit heads."

The ice on the road formed after a water main under a manhole burst. The impact from the Dill's car striking a pole damaged a transformer and that caused major damage around the city.

"Striking the utility pole caused us to lose electricity which created a power outage," said Sgt. T.L. Byerly of the Staunton Police Department.

One Staunton official says a broken water main is not uncommon this time of year.

"When it warms up like it did yesterday afternoon the ground moves," said Tom Sliwoski Staunton Director of Public Works, "When the ground moves water main breaks happen."

But despite it all, residents made the most of a bad situation.

"We ate dinner by camping lantern," said Cindy Folsom a blackout victim, "We turned on our gas heater in the basement and played UNO and Scrabble."

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