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Extensive damage in New Kent County, wide-spread power outages

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The devastation from Irene in New Kent county is jaw dropping. Most people don't have power and may stay in the dark until next week.

The severe damage is in the western part. Power poles are snapped in half, trees are on the lines, they're on cars and homes. Cleanup is slow and steady.

We ran into one couple, they're spending the night apart because one is keeping an eye on the house split wide open by Irene. A daunting task for 77-year-old Gerald Wilcox; chopping up a massive tree that sliced through his house on Hingham Drive.

"We were lucky that nobody got hurt," said Wilcox.

They needed a crane to move it. Damage is in the thousands.

"I say $30,000 over," said Wilcox.

His wife and mother are staying at a hotel.

"I'm not going to leave the house on the count of security," said Wilcox.

The devastation in Woodhaven Shores is immense. Trees flattened cars and homes. A tree came crashing down on one house. The homeowner didn't want to go on camera but she was actually in her dining room when the roof caved in. She's okay, but her house may be a total loss.

Most don't have power.

"Just the level of devastation to the electrical system itself," said New Kent County Administrator, Cabell Lawton.

Dominion ramped up crews and set up a command center.

"Their assessment of having 95% of the people on by Friday probably won't apply to New Kent County," said Lawton.

No power, no water, for people with wells. Several water and ice distribution sites are helping people, like Junious Dobson, get by.

"One day. (Then you'll be back) I'll be back," said Dobson.

At the Wilcox home, it'll be a while before life returns to normal.

"The contractor told me this morning it'll be two months," said Wilcox.

They're grateful to have each other and generosity of others.

"Everyone in this community has been so helpful and all my coworkers in New Kent County, I can't ask for any more," said Lois Wilcox.

Water and ice distribution will continue until Thursday in New Kent. County leaders are making sure families are getting a hold of post hurricane information by handing out  flyers. 

The county has also set up a Facebook page to get information out including restoration of power. 

The Red Cross will serve about 1200 meals tonight between 6 and 8 at Colonial Downs. 

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