Power Up and Running

By: Lorilee Victorino Email
By: Lorilee Victorino Email

As the ice melts from the trees and power lines after Friday's ice storm, more and more residents are seeing their power turn back on.

After 24 hours with no heat or electricity, Fran Towner and her husband did their best to keep warm with the cold overnight temperatures.

"We got a little propane heater and a couple of extra blankets. It was definitely cold in the house and my nose stayed cold most of the night, but the worst was when I had to go to the bathroom about three o clock, that was really really cold," says Towner.

Crews worked diligently to get everyone's electric turned on.

"We've been out since about two o'clock yesterday morning, not necessarily in this area, but we've been working since the ice storm hit," says Brian Odell, Engineering Manager for Harrisonburg Electric Commission.

"I did talk to the electric company and they were very nice, very helpful and very encouraging about getting the electric on today," says Towner.

After enduring their first outage that lasted more than just a few hours, Towner says they'll be more prepared next year.

She says, "If we had a portable generator or something like that, we could have just sat down in one of the rooms down there closed it off and we still might have had our TV and we could have hooked up some type of heat. That's something we'll think about for next year."

If anyone is still dealing with power issues, be sure to contact your power company.


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