Thousands Still Without Power, Volunteers Deliver Water to Hardest Hit

Reporter: Melinda Zosh

Lynchburg, VA - Power crews are still set up all over our area, cutting trees and fixing lines. They're working to restore electricity to thousands who lost it eight days ago.

AEP says they hope to bring power back to all those homes by Sunday night. In the meantime, some people are taking the situations into their own hands.

There's still no power on Grady Street in Lynchburg. After eight days, Geraldine Burns has had enough.

"It ain't fun, ain't no fun at all, plus we got a grandbaby," said Burns.

There's also a houseful of people with no cold bottled water.

"We were gonna have to go up to Liberty Mountain and get some," said Burns.

The Lighthouse Ministries, a Christian group based in Lynchburg, saved her the trip. A handful of volunteers delivered water, case by case, house by house. Their first stop was Evelyn Miller's home on Tilden Avenue.

"I said 'give me the addresses and we'll make sure they have water,'" said Martha Brown, Executive Director of The Lighthouse Ministries.

On Friday, they handed out 700 cases in Amherst County. Now, the truck's reloaded with 800 new cases or about 53,000 bottles. A beverage company in New York donated everything.

"So we can put it in the cooler and it'll be good ice cold," said Burns.

On the other side of town, you can still find cold water at Thomas Road Baptist Church (TRBC), but it's closed down as a shelter. Billie Jo Falwell and her family still have no power, and now, no plan.

"As long as the kids are safe we're fine, doesn't matter about us," said Falwell.

TRBC is helping families transition. Four families are now staying at the Salvation Army, two at the Red cross. And they've also taken eight families back to their homes.

"GLTC was gracious enough to give us day bus passes for these folks," said Dave Moquin, Associate Pastor at TRBC.

As for Geraldine Burns? She doesn't know if she can take another day without power.

"I've never seen anything this bad and I don't want to see it again," Burns said. "I hope they get our power on today, they said they would. I hope they do."

TRBC is looking for volunteers to help clean up homes.

They're taking signups tomorrow and they'll start work on Monday. You can contact the church if you'd like to help out.

You can still get free water and ice there as well on Saturday until 9 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m.

The Lighthouse Ministries still has more cases of water for those in need. Please contact Martha Brown at 434-546-3385 or the office at 434-847-5050.