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After Snowstorm, Lights Still Out In Madison

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Thursday night, more than 4,000 people in Madison County are still in the cold and dark.

For some people, it has been 24 hours of running generators. Others have relocated to an emergency shelter and some have just stuck it out in the cold.

It's been more than 24 hours since Robert Blankenbaker and his wife have had electricity. Blankenbaker has been gassing up his generator – 20 gallons' worth – to keep things running.

"I've got it hooked up to the plumbing, water, hot water and I can cook on a hot plate too," he said.

Power lines cover streets, sidewalks and yards throughout Madison. Two of the three generators at the Southern States Co-op were sold Thursday. According to Rappahannock Electric, 96 percent of the county was without power during the peak of the storm Wednesday.

The Madison County Volunteer Fire Company opened its doors as an emergency shelter.

"A number of places there were people that had a situation where they were very cold, didn't have any way to prepare food or keep the children warm," said Carl Pumphrey, emergency management services director.

Sixteen people used the firehouse as a shelter, eight of them staying overnight. For Blankenbaker and thousands of others, Thursday is a second day of waiting for the lights to turn on.

Blankenbaker says he anticipates another run to the gas station to fuel up the generator, he's just happy the gas stations are no longer powerless.

"Yesterday I had to go clear to Orange to get gas. Didn't have nobody, couldn't get none in Madison," Blankenbaker said.

Rappahannock Electric has an outage table posted on their website being updated every 10 minutes.

The Madison Volunteer Fire Company does not yet know if they will be running the emergency shelter Thursday night. However, they are asking anybody who needs shelter to call their non-emergency number at 540-948-5161.

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