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Danville business finds way to open despite not having power

DANVILLE, Va. (WFXR News) - Thousands are still in the dark after the remnants of Tropical Storm Michael swept through Danville. 

However, that didn't stop local businesses from clocking in. 

"The water was so strong. The winds were coming so fast. It didn't give us a lot of time to maneuver, but we were able to get out safely," said Louis Williamson, the owner-barber of Lou's Barber Shop. 

Little did Williamson know, his submerged barber shop was going to join the thousands of customers left in the dark. 

"I knew there was going to be some damage. But then, when I came back, the magnitude of it, when I saw it with my own eyes, how far the water has gotten up, that's when it really set in and I was kind of devastated."

At its worst, the floodwaters were raging waist-deep through his barbershop, but Williamson was not going to let the storm wash his business away. 

"We're just going to rebuild. We're just going to go back at it. People got to go back to work," he said.

"There is life after Michael, so let's get it."

The Danville Fire Chief David Eagle said that 90% of those without power as of Saturday should be back online shortly. 


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