More aid arrives; fire chief is finding families in need

Published 4:24 pm Friday, February 19, 2021

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The Southern Baptist Conservatives of Virginia group, located in Glen Allen, has arrived in Keysville.

The organizations have set up a trailer at the Keysville Volunteer Fire Department to provide hot showers, washers, and dryers for use today, Friday, Feb. 19.

On Saturday, Feb. 20, hot meals will be available at the Keysville Fire Department.

Both the Keysville and Phenix Volunteer Fire Departments are set up as overnight shelters.

“Today, we are entering the one-week mark for so many without power. We are finding families that are cold without water or food,” Charlotte County Fire and Rescue President and Phenix Fire Chief Walt Bailey said. “I’m afraid for every one person we find there are two in need. We have roam patrols trying to find those in need.”

Since Tuesday, Feb. 16, the American Red Cross, God’s Pit Crew, Gleaning for the World, and a host of church-based groups and organizations have come to Charlotte County and its residents’ rescue following a Valentine’s weekend ice storm that left thousands without power.

As of Friday afternoon, 2,900 customers remained without power in Charlotte County.