Some Recovering from Second Power Outage

By: Carrie Cline Email
By: Carrie Cline Email

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- All the ice in the world in the world will not ease the pain for folks suffering from the one-two punch of power outages -- no lights, no air conditioning and no more patience.

Don't tell Cady and Anna Butcher these power outages are bad things. For the second time in less than a week, they're having a field day and their mom's letting them use the outdoor toys indoors.

“So have you guys been staying cool with the water guns?”'s Carrie Cline asked.

“Yes,” Cady said.

While three of the children shoot it out in one room, it's a different story for mom and baby in another room.

Mary Butcher is trying to keep her 3-month-old cool, calm and collected

“The babies are the toughest ones to keep cool because their temperature can go up so quickly," Butcher said. "So, they can overheat very quickly, that's why you have to make sure they don't dehydrate."

That's why Mary Butcher was packing up the children and heading out to cooler pastures.

“I can't keep four kids in a hot house," she said. "So, it's a little frustrating, but we're making do as well as everyone else."

Downed power lines are to blame. High winds ripped them off their posts, creating a second round of havoc for many.

“Dad had back surgery a week ago so he can't drive, he can't get around,” fellow storm victim W.G. Bunch said.

It's making the Bunch family power outage round robin even more challenging.

“Power goes back on, mom goes home, dad goes home, everyone has power for less than a day, then my power goes out," W.G. Bunch said. "I go to Mom's house and her power goes out. But dad still has power but no cable, so he might as well not have power."

Family member Beverly Bunch said, "We had to throw food out after we got back and then got more food, and I didn't want to lose that."

Now that Beverly Bunch found a place for her second round of groceries, she's packing up and heading out herself.

She only has a landline telephone and, with no power, that means no communication.

“I'm taking her and I on a vacation to Barboursville to a hotel to hang out by the pool and listen to the highway go by. It's all I can afford,” W.G. Bunch said.

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