07 July 2012
The Roanoke Times

An ice pack held close to her forehead, Connie Crumpacker shielded her eyes from the afternoon sun and motioned to a cluster of empty fuel pumps.

No electricity. No gas.

Like so many other spots across the Roanoke Valley, the Edgewood Street Shell station Crumpacker helps manage went dark Friday, following an evening windstorm. Since then, the business has been cash-only.

Crumpacker sat on the curb outside the store Sunday, insisting it was cooler there than inside. A cashier, Sarah Blevins, emerged with her own ice pack and sat next to her.

"We're just out here roostin' in front of the store," Crumpacker said, "with what little bit of ice we got."

Similar stories could be found across the city, as sweaty people with tired faces descended in droves upon the restaurants, gas stations and hardware stores with power. Some struck out to find generators, ice and batteries, others sought respite from a sweltering 90-degree heat. 

Read the rest of the story at The Roanoke Times.
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