Storm Relief Frustration Running High in Nelson County
As thousands of central Virginians go into their seventh day without power, those in rural areas are growing particularly frustrated.
People that live in Schuyler in Nelson County say they have been relying on generators for days, which is not only inconvenient, but costly.
"We're running on generators, which is costing us $100 a day which we can't recoup. I run my truck every day to get ice," said Brenda Moon, the owner of Ike's Country Store.
Moon says she estimates she's lost about $20,000 worth of business within the last week.
The store has been getting by on water and ice donations from Nelson County emergency response crews, but Moon wants to see more from agencies with larger resources, such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the American Red Cross.
"We ask them to be patient with us, we are really trying to cover every place that could possibly need us", said Red Cross Volunteer Manager Philip Day.
Day says the Red Cross has been trying to keep up with the many calls that come in daily, making sure shipments of water make it out the door and cooling centers stay open.
"[The volunteers] are all up 81, 64, and the back roads. We've been doing as much as we can and I'm thrilled with what we've done, I really am, said Day.
The Red Cross has assisted 25 counties and opened 27 cooling centers throughout the state.
FEMA only provides aid at the request of the state, and representatives say they have not received a declaration that extra services are needed.
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