Family Uses Creative Ways to Stay Entertained during Power Outage

By: Elizabeth Lamb Email
By: Elizabeth Lamb Email

Two days later, parts of the Valley still were devastated by Friday's storm. Several roads across the area were blocked off and many families still were without power.

One Valley family learned to have fun and stay entertained without electricity.

The McDonald family has lived without power since Friday's storms that devastated their Port Republic neighborhood.

There was one word to describe how they felt that night.

“Scared, yeah, really scared,” said one of the McDonald family children.

The kids came up with creative ways to have fun from using fireflies as flashlights to using headlamps.

“Very fun, we love to catch them,” said Hans McDonald about the fireflies.

Staying busy kept the kids from feeling afraid of the dark.

“I'm a little bit afraid of the dark, and I don't like it when the power suddenly goes out.”

Hans' father, Kelly McDonald, took on more chores to keep his household running smoothly.

“We do have a neighborhood that's taking care of each other, and that's a big help,” said Kelly. “You can think of this as yeah, this is bad, but you can think of it as being a lot worse, too.”

Shenandoah Valley Electric's Mike Aulgur said his team works around-the-clock to restore power to customers like the McDonalds.

“Certainly unprecedented, what we're facing,” said Aulgur. “It happened so quickly, so fast, the devastation’s been so broad, it's really been difficult to deal with.”

In the meantime, the McDonald family relies on their backyard stream to substitute for something they learned to live without.

“Air conditioning. That's mostly the main problem, the heat. That's what I miss,” said another McDonald child.

They also learned what it feels like to have a neighborhood pull together in a crisis.

“That's mainly how our neighborhood works. We work for each other,” said Maarten McDonald.

Representatives of Shenandoah Valley Electric want to let people to know to stay away from downed trees if live wires are attached. They also want you to call and report any downed wires you might see.

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