Skies Light Up While Some Albemarle Homes Remain in the Dark
While fireworks fill the skies this Independence Day evening, tens of thousands of Virginians are still sitting in the dark.
Many of those outages from last week's storm are in rural parts of the state. Some people without power in western Albemarle County are getting creative.
At Stinson Vineyards in White Hall, the lights are actually on.
"Luckily for us, Dominion did a great job and got us powered up on Monday night and we didn't have to spend the money to get the generator out here," said Scott Stinson with Stinson Vineyards.
Stinson was worried higher temperatures would mess up the wine in barrels.
"You run the risk it will turn a little sour on you or start going in the direction you don't want it to go, lose some flavor. It's not good," he said.
But the lights are still out in other parts of White Hall, Free Union, and Crozet. A crew from a power company in Tennessee is helping Dominion Virginia Power get things restored.
"Pretty bad in places, yeah, some places worse than others," said utility worker Trenor Huntt.
Some neighbors there are heading into day six without power. Dominion says more rural areas are less of a priority because it's more spread out and some of the power lines are harder to get to.
Electricity finally returned Wednesday morning at Ben Rollman's house. "I just got my first shower this morning, which was pretty intense, lost four pounds worth of filth," he said.
He's luckier than others. Collins Huff still has no power or water. He's been bathing in a creek. "We've been swimming and taking bar of soap down to the Doyle River. It's primitive, but we're getting by," Huff said.
Dominion says its crews have restored power for 95 percent of its customers. If your power is still out, beginning Thursday, Dominion will offer estimated times when crews will hit your neighborhood.
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Derick Waller joined the NBC 29 news team in August, 2010. Prior to this, Derick graduated with degrees in both broadcast journalism and political science from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. Email/Follow on Twitter/ Full Story