Will This Winter Ever End?

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The sleet came. Then it was rain. Then the temperatures creeped below freezing and the rain turned to ice on just about everything. Then it snowed.

The trees couldn’t take the extra weight, and snapped and fell across the county – sometimes across power lines.

It all amounted to a wet, icy mess in Davie County last Thursday night and Friday morning, cutting electricity to thousands, blocking roads and causing damage to numerous homes, buildings and vehicles.

An emergency shelter was set up at the Brock Center in Mocksville for those without electricity, some for a couple of days. All electric service here had been restored on Monday, reported EnergyUnited and Duke Energy.

Despite all of the damage and mess, it brought out the best in Davie residents. Neighbors pitched in to help town, county, and state emergency workers clean roads and property. Sales of chain saws and generators were brisk.

Cooleemee Police Chief Bobby West was one of those without electricity for two days. He was lucky, he has a generator. He spent most of the day Friday helping remove debris from town streets, and was encouraged by what he saw.

“The public safety and public works personnel, along with volunteers put in long hours to get the county back to normal,” he said. “In a time of need, this shows that Davie County can work together. Job well done.”

Mocksville residents can take limbs and natural storm debris to the Rich Park compost site, which will be open from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. It will be open Wednesday-Friday from 8 a.m.-6 p.m.