Katie Thisdell reports on news from Stafford County. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 540/735-1975.
Eskimo Hill Road home condemned
(Updated 6:35 p.m.) Stafford County officials say the Williams family will have somewhere to stay for at least the next two nights. Using funds from the county’s safety net program (provided from power companies and donations from utilities customers), the county will pay for a hotel room for Tuesday and Wednesday nights. The Williams family will be meeting with an insurance adjuster on the Fourth to assess the situation.
(Posted 3 p.m.) A red “condemned” sign now hangs at the front of the house on Eskimo Hill Road that was severely damaged by a tree falling in Friday night’s storm. The Williams family was working this afternoon to get their essentials out of the home before the doors were locked.
“They told us if we could secure this wall, they’d come back and inspect it,” said Linda Williams about a wall that’s mostly been knocked down by the giant white oak that destroyed the roof of the house. They will meet with an insurance adjuster tomorrow afternoon.
Since then, a handful of people have dropped off cash, ice and non-perishable foods. Other people have asked me how they can help, so this afternoon I asked Williams what the family needed. She said non-perishable meals, drinks (not just water), snacks, charcoal and bug spray–and anything you may need if you were displaced from your house, she added. They said 6-year-old Isaiah had asked the firefighters who stopped by if he could have fireworks for the Fourth, especially the ones that pop when you throw them on the ground. The family said that during the day, they should be near their home, which is just off the intersection with U.S. 1.
“It looks like a light is shining,” Linda Williams said. As for where they were staying tonight, she said that they’ll figure it out once the sun has set.
Daughter Lauren, 16, said she wants to tell everyone a big “thank you” for helping them.