Heat puts a damper on clean up plans

Posted at 12:13 AM, Jul 01, 2012
and last updated 2012-07-01 00:17:48-04

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) - Many Central Virginians are anxious to start cleaning things up after this week's storms, but the heat may get in the way.

Before Josh Dent snapped pictures of the damage in his neighborhood at Mulberry and Main, he and friend Kevin Lyddane braved the heat to clean up after the storm, even though they had no power.

"We had to cut up a tree in our driveway," Dent says. "It was too hot, but it had to be done."

Kevin Lyddne battled the heat as well, but looked to the bright side.

"I worked yesterday in 108 degrees, so digging ditches is like A.C. to me right now," Lyddne says.

State government officials is urging everyone to stay safe and take it easy as we deal with the humid weather.  Governor McDonnell says thousands are still without power and says everyone should be careful.

He also declared a state of emergency and says localities are doing their best to provide safe, cool places for those who need it.

"Look for websites where shelters are.  By now, every jurisdiction all have a church or school or someplace that's open and that has A.C. so people can seek refuge."

Cooling shelters around the area: RichmondChesterfield,  DinwiddieLouisaPowhatan and Stafford. [Read more]