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Day two without power leaves customers anxious

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No power means plenty of problems - especially when you're on day two without it. Thousands in Louisa and Goochland say they sure can relate.

Ericka Liddle walked outside her door to the best news she's seen in more than a day.

"We were starting to get worried," she said.

That's until she saw Rappahannock Power crews getting to work on a problem that's affected more than her family on Walton Store Road.

"It's the whole neighborhood as far as I know," she said.

The problem is widespread. The B.P. Convenience store in Hadensville had to turn customers away for two days. No gas. No food. No business.

"We've had to throw milk away, sour cream, we've lost a lot of product," said Asghar Ali.

Rappahannock Power says its aware of the dilemma and is working hard the clock to get hold of it.

"We do have crews working through the night, around the clock. Usually were pulling 16 hour shifts and resting 8 hours," Kevin Houston said.

Extra hours and tough conditions don't make it any better.

"We worked straight through it yesterday. That was the roughest day working in the rain, the sleet, snow and the wind," he said.

But he insists, they're working for you.

"That's our job, to keep the lights on," Houston added.

That's something Liddle can't wait to see happen. For her community that uses well water, having power is more than essential.

"We can do without the television for a little while and the lights for a while but no running water takes a toll on everyone," she said.

With multiple crews working from multiple states it's just a matter of time before everyone's back to normal again. Dominion Power says it hopes to have 95% of its customers that took a hit back up by Friday.

The outages are also causing a few schools to remain closed Friday, including Fluvanna and Louisa counties.

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