Thousands without power in Louisa

By Yvette Yeon - bio | email

LOUISA, VA (WWBT)- Temperatures are dropping fast, and although power crews are out making repairs around the clock, it seems like for many families, the power won't come back on soon enough.

For long time Louisa resident, June Rife, it's been a struggle juggling a house with no power and running water.

"It's been rough," Rife said. "We've had to carry water, run a generator, heat the house with a gas fireplace, I'm fortunate, some people aren't"

The Rife family has a gas fireplace in one part of the house that gets the room just as warm as a power heater would. But the constant growl of their generator outside reminds them, things are not as they should be.

"I have a freezer up in the garage so during the day I run it and keep the freezer going," Rife said, "and in the evening I run my refrigerator and cook, and then at night we keep the pump warm," she said.

Inside the house, June has snow in the fridge to keep food cool. Outside, you'll find gallons of milk keeping cold in the snow.

June and her husband, Gary, worry about the next wave of wintry weather that's on deck for central Virginia. Gary has already spent long hours removing snow.

"I hope I don't have to do this driveway again," Rife said about his neighbor's property. "That driveway is a half mile, a quarter mile long," he said.

And around town, patience is running low as families try to keep the little ones comfortable at night.

"We all just bundle together like a big family you know with blankets and everything just to stay warm," said Louisa resident, Robert Overholt. "That's the only thing you can do," he said.

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