Some in Louisa still waiting for power after winter blast

Posted at 5:52 PM, Mar 12, 2013
and last updated 2013-03-12 18:39:14-04

LOUISA, Va. (WTVR) -- Thanks to a time change and 60 degree weather, most people have forgotten about last week's winter storm.

However, some residents in rural Louisa County still do not have power.

"It seems like everybody has gone on with their life and here we are with no power," Georgia Payne, a Louisa resident, said. "This is the longest I can remember that we have been out of power."

To make matters more complicated, many residents require electricity to pump well water into their home. When there is no electricity, there is no fresh water.

"We can't take a shower, we can't wash our hair we have to go somewhere else to bathe,"
Payne said.

Linda Good, another Louisa resident without power, said it is requiring her family to go to extreme measures so they can flush their toilet.

"We melted snow in plastic buckets and used that to flush them," Good said.

Residents just want answers from Central Virginia Electric Cooperative, their power company.

According to Greg Kelly, a spokesman with the company, more than 400 Virginians remain without power Tuesday in what was a historic storm for the power company.

"We haven't seen this much damage since Hurricane Isabelle back in 2003," Kelly said.

Kelly urged customers to be patient, emphasizing that the ground conditions are not ideal for fixing power outages.

"When all the snow melted it made ground conditions that made off road travel impossible for heavy vehicles," Kelly said.

The power company hopes for complete service restoration on Wednesday.