Lynchburg, VA - Lynchburg city officials held a press conference Monday afternoon to update everyone on efforts to restore the city back to normal.
The message they delivered was loud and clear: The city is doing everything they can to make sure everyone stays safe.
City officials from every department were on hand to give their update, and there were plenty.
Appalachian Power said they have restored power to all of their priority areas: That's water and utilities facilities and hospitals. From there, work continues to restore power to dense residential areas and businesses. Appalachian Power says all residents will be back up and running by Saturday.
Officials want everyone to know there are two main shelters up and running. Sandusky Middle School has food and drinks for those who need it. Thomas Road Baptist church has an overnight facility capable of housing 600 people.
All in all city officials are happy with their employees' response. City employees are even working through the Fourth of July holiday to make sure the city gets back to normal as soon as possible.
"I think it's appropriate that we all recognize that this community has just responded amazingly. It's our job as city employees to be responsive. It's certainly a part of the ministry of Thomas Road, to be responsive to neighbors in need. But neighbors who are helping neighbors is even more gratifying in this community," said Kimball Payne, Lynchburg City Manager.
The shelter at Thomas Road is currently housing a medical clinic as well. They're asking anyone who may be experiencing any health complications in this heat to head there.