Families Celebrate Fourth Despite Storm Difficulties

By: Jennifer Rizzi Email
By: Jennifer Rizzi Email

KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- It was a Fourth of July to remember for many West Virginia families, but maybe not for the best reasons.

"It's hot ... I'm a little frustrated because there's no power," Tammy Dellinger said.

Her daughter Brittany Lang said they're doing their best just to keep cool.

"We've been taking cold showers ... whatever works," she said.

Five days after a violent storm rocked the region, many people are still left in the dark and stuck in the heat. But that didn't stop many people from still trying to have fun on the holiday.

Dellinger and Lang turned the task of staying cool into a garden hose game outside for the kids.

"They like it," Lang said. "They don't like the fact that they don't have air conditioning, but I think they're handling it pretty well."

A few miles down the road, the Hindman family was having a cookout at Coonskin State Park. They were lucky enough to have power at their Charleston home, but say the storm still made preparing for their party a challenge.

"It was pretty chaotic ... just running around town to find ice was our major problem," Trina Hindman said. "We had to go to Cross Lanes just to get ice the other day."

They stocked up on picnic goodies at Wal-Mart but say they had to fight some crowds just to get them.

"It was a madhouse," Herbert Hindman said.

The storm may have made it a tough week, but most people didn't let their Fourth of July spirit flag.

"We know it could be better, but I know they're working as hard as they can to get the power back up and running," Lang said. "We're just doing the best we can to stay cool."

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