Hotel Guests Wake Up to a Power Outage

By: Dave Byknish Email
By: Dave Byknish Email

AUGUSTA COUNTY -- Manager Geeta Ralston has worked at the Days Inn for seven years. She said any weather event will knock the power out. It's happened for as long as she can remember on the south side of the Woodrow Wilson Parkway.

“It's getting cold in here. Without the power, I'm losing business. Some customers are stuck here because of the snow but they can't stay in their room because it's too cold,” said Ralston.

There were no hot showers or breakfast for Wednesday's guests. Some guests fled to the lobby to try and heat themselves with candles.

“I've never been in a hotel where the power went out. Except for the heat going out, it didn't really concern me. And, our phones aren't charged which kind of sucks because we have to be in the car for awhile,” said Chelsea Martin, a passing traveler.

The power flickered several times before going out around 4 a.m. Ralston said nearly 30 rooms were filled, including a man who needed an oxygen tank.

“He has got the one which goes by electric, and he said he'll be ok awhile, but I'm really stressed out about him. I told him if he needs help that we are here,” said Ralston.

Katherine Maddox is a truck driver. For the past 10 years, her route has brought her through the Valley. She almost lives at the Days Inn. She likes the staff and service, but said something needs done about the power problem.

“Common sense tells you, if it's just one area all the time that there's something wrong with that area. I think they're just putting band-aids on it instead of spending the money to correct the problem,” said Maddox.

The Days Inn does not have any back up generators. The staff said despite that they think the power problem lies with the wiring out in the county.


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