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Frustration Continues for Those Without Power or Water

Posted: Updated: March 10, 2013 11:00 PM EDT

Many people in central Virginia have been without power since last week's winter storm. They are dealing with cold nights and no heat or lights and for many, no running water.

Melissa Pace of Louisa says she's tossed out more than $200 worth of spoiled groceries.  "I guess I'm just going to have to replace all this stuff," she said.

Nearly five days with no electricity is starting to wear on her family.  "It's been very hard, very stressful, we're very frustrated," she said.

Pace and her son spent Sunday outdoors because it was warmer than inside their Louisa County home.

Down the street from the Pace household is more spoiled meat and no heat.  Andee Bonalewizz's home dropped to 40 degrees. The only source of heat comes from a wood stove in the basement. Bonalewizz is on her fifth day of no power and no water.

She says what was once a simple flush of the toilet has now become a chore. "Not able to do any flushing other than collecting snow, melting it on the wood stove and then flushing," she said.

And people aren't the only ones experiencing the hardships from the storm aftermath. A mile down the road from the two neighbors is the Legacy Mustang Preservation. At the farm no power means no water, and there are more than 50 horses to take care of.

"Trying to get them water, we've been filling up troughs with snow balls and catching the rain from the roof," said Jamie Dodson, founder of the preservation.

The group spent Sunday making the one mile trip to a nearby pond to fetch water for the horses one bucket at a time.

"Basically playing egg and spoon with the troughs, so that it doesn't slide off the fork we have to carefully drive back sloshing as little bit as possible," Christina Flink of the preservation said.

And not every trip is a success. A tipped over trough means another 20 minute trip back to the pond. Dodson says the horses have even resorted to eating snow to stay hydrated.

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