Stores starting to restock after Irene

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Many people have been searching for ice and other supplies since this weekend. Now some stores are able to restock the shelves as the power comes back online.

Genie Brickey stopped by the Martin's in Stratford Hills Tuesday with one goal in mind.

"I just don't know what I'm going to find," Brickey said. "That's our mission for today, go out and search for food."

This store is still without power so people here are stuck shopping in the dark. Generators are powering a few lights inside but the refrigerators are out and the produce shelves are empty.

"It's sad," she said. "You can't find anything that you really need. A few things. I got pretzels and cereal. We can live on that."

It's a much different picture at the Martin's at the Chesterfield Towne Center. This is one of the few places in Metro Richmond that has ice.

Salome Coleman is one of the thousands of people without power. She's been searching for ice since Sunday without any luck - until Tuesday.

"We'll put this (ice) in the cooler," Coleman said. "We'll try to keep the milk (cool) and just some basic things to keep us going."

There are hardly any signs of Irene's fury at this grocery store. The bread shelves were empty when we stopped by on Sunday. Now they're been restocked.

Store managers say the only thing they're out of are C and D batteries. For people like Coleman, she's grateful her odyssey to find ice is over.

"It's been difficult," she said. "Everywhere we've gone, it's been sold out and had to wait until the next day or the next day so I'm very relieved to have finally found some here this morning."

Right now the Stratford Hills and Gayton Road Martin's are without power. Every other store is now open with power.

All local Food Lion stores are open and have ice as well, except the Patterson Avenue, Quioccasin Road and Forest Hill Avenue locations.

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