Power outage interrupts holiday plans

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY)– A holiday fiasco started when the power went out for hundreds in Newport News. For the second time in two weeks, people who live at the Heritage Trace apartments woke up with no power.

“You smell the turkey, aww man, my eyes were cracking open and then I heard the transformer blow,” Ryan Lundquist, a resident said.

It was an unfortunate wake up for people at these apartments near Warwick Boulevard

“It’s the entire kitchen, power out,” resident James Taylor said. “I started going around looking at all my neighbors and everything is out.”

There were dozens of families who had no power to finish cooking their Thanksgiving meals.

“I don’t want my food to go bad in the fridge,” Taylor said. Then the food that we almost got half-cooked, I don’t want it to go bad either.”

Sometimes in the worst of circumstances, the spirit of the season takes over.

“Where there’s a grill there’s a way,” Ryan Lundquist said.

“We got the turkey, potatoes, and I got a boil underneath with the onions, celery and the carrots sautéing up,”

Lundquist put the finishing touches on his meal, Dominion Power worked to restore power. Officials said a fuse blew on an underground line, shorting out power for all.

“Thanksgiving it’s what it’s all about,” Lundquist said. “It’s about giving thanks, sharing, and making the best with what you have.”

Even when the power came on Lundquist wasn’t done. He remembered the people like James Taylor who still had no food.

“I don’t know him, but I know that he is hungry and I’ve got plenty to spare,” Lundquist said as he smiled.

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