• COLD AS ICE
    Dangerous Duty Town of Blackstone electrical lineman Josh Pope was among those working long hours in hazardous conditions to restore power. Pope is shown here Sunday afternoon, Feb. 14th, clearing the Town’s main line along Lunenburg Avenue.
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    This car on Sixth Street in Blackstone was among those damaged by falling ice-covered trees.
  • COLD AS ICE
    Establishments that sold gas and had generators were very busy, such as Burkeville SavUTime. Photo by Isaiah Jones

COLD AS ICE

Valentine’s storm is cruel heartbreaker; Power outages persist here for many

SUPERVISOR PLEDGES HUNGER STRIKE FOR SHELTERS TO OPEN 24/7

Southside Virginians over Valentine’s Day week-end rediscovered their love and longing for electricity.

The hardest-hitting ice storm in many decades here downed trees and power lines and left thousands in the dark for several days.

Electricity went out here Saturday morning, and many homes remained dark as this edition was being rushed to press Tuesday afternoon ahead of another forecasted winter storm due to hit today (Wednesday) and tomorrow.

Service to a large part of Blackstone’s main grid -- including the downtown area -- was restored shortly after 3:00 p.m. Monday, but several sections of town are still in the dark and many of those hardest-hit sections still have downed lines in the street.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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