Bedford County Residents without Power and Water - - ABC13

Bedford County Residents without Power and Water


Reporter: Lauren Compton l Videographer: Ira Quillen

Bedford Co.,VA - About 6,000 Appalachian Power customers are without power in Bedford County. But, emergency officials say the number could actually be higher, since there are multiple power providers out there.

A lot of neighbors are trying to help each other get through this. They, too, are dealing with downed trees and power lines. But for many, it's the water wells they can't use.

Time is inching by slowly for Bedford County residents without power. All many can do is wait, and sweat it out.

"It's a bad experience. I hope I never have to go through it again," said Rosemary Overstreet, a Bedford County resident without power.

Rosemary Overstreet lives on Union Church Road where there are trees broken in half, power lines dangling from their poles, and residents missing the simple things.

"I'm usually sitting in a lift chair next to my T. V. and all I have to do is reach over there and it's on. I can't do that and that's aggravating," said Overstreet.

"We've been bathing in the creek ever since the power has been off cause it's the only way you can take a bath. It's just a mess," said Tommy Houserman, a resident without power.

Many residents normally use well water, but can't without the power to pump it. That has many residents going to one of the local cooling centers.

 Bedford Fire and Rescue set up to this distribution site to give out free ice and water at Bedford Elementary School, but it won't last for long. Come Friday, this site will pack up and only address those in critical need.

"Especially the elderly or those who can't get out and get any ice at this point," said Janet Blankenship, Senior EMS Captain with Bedford County Fire & Rescue.

Some residents are disabled so folks like Robin Parks have stepped up to help.

"I stopped along to everyone I seen here, and tell them if they don't have it I'll go up there and pick it up," said Robin Parks, a resident without power.

There are three local cooling centers offering 24 hour shelter. The centers are at Christian Life Ministries in Bedford, the Bedford Moose Lodge, and the Bedford County Parks and Recreation Center.

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