Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Valley struggles to recover from ice storm

Jacksonville, Halifax, and surrounding areas are still struggling to clear roads and regain electrical service after an ice storm hit the area Monday night. As temperatures dipped below zero early Wednesday morning, some areas had been without power since about 10 pm Monday evening.
Barbed wire on Wilmington Cross Road.
While utility companies work to clear power and phone lines of tree limbs, state and local road crews are scrambling to clear roadways of debris from downed trees.

Trees strain under the weight of the ice on Route 100 Wednesday morning.

By Tuesday evening, 300 to 400 homes were still without power. During the late night and early morning hours, power was regained, lost, and regained again in several areas in the valley.

Apple tree on Wilmington Cross Road.

Whitingham maintained the municipal center in Jacksonville as a shelter throughout the night, but town clerk Almira Aekus says no one sought refuge. Anyone who needs emergency assistance or shelter can call the Red Cross at (800)288-3554 (802) 442-9458, or call their local fire department for more information.

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