Amherst County Getting Back to Normal - - ABC13

Amherst County Getting Back to Normal


Amherst, VA - At last count, crews restored power to all but about 400 customers in Amherst County.

It's been more than a week since storms tore through our area. For the first time since then, Noah Schetromph, 6, gets to watch his cartoons.

He was inside their Woodrow Avenue home when the storm struck and hearts dropped.

"My mom was freaking," Schetromph said.

Fear soon faded, but frustration quickly grew.

It was 10 days of cold showers and then finally...

"We came back and there was the power," said Philip Schetromph, his father.

"I hit the door a thousand times cause I wanted to get inside!" added Noah.

They were among the last homes to get power in Amherst County. The public safety director shut down the shelter Monday night, and for the first time in more than a week, hotel rooms are finally vacant.

Thanks to the storm, America's Best Value Inn has never been so busy.

"This is the first time we've had six days, seven days sold out, continuously sold out," said Krunal Patel, the manager.

The cost of gas, food and damage is still adding up. The Schetromph family says the gas, hardware and ice alone cost them $250 this last week.

But there are finally signs things are getting back to normal.

"We've never really seen a storm of this magnitude throughout the county and throughout the region," said Gary Roakes.

There were no injuries or deaths in Amherst County related to the storm. But, the public safety director says now is the time to stock up the essentials and begin preparing for the next one.

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