Ice storm power outages bring out best in neighbors

FALLS CHURCH, Va. - Ice and snow can be a beautiful thing to look at, but its serene beauty can pack an untold power when it comes to trees.

In the wake of Sunday's ice and snow storm, ice brought down trees and branches all over the region. Downed trees and power lines kept authorities and power crews busy and left people without power throughout the day.

Overnight in the District, trees came down throughout the city, including a large one that crushed cars along 31st Street Northwest. To help in the effort, Frager's, the historic hardware store whose store burned down over the summer, opened in a pop-up location with ice melt and other supplies.

"We're doing the best we can to be back in the community and serve the people we've been serving for the past 100 years," Frager's manager Nick Kaplanis said.

While residents and neighbors around the area are cooperating and lending each other a helping hand, no place may exemplify that more than the residents of North Oakwood Lane in Alexandria.

Neighbors on each side of the street are on different power grids in that Franconia neighborhood, but they've been running power cords across the street.

"The understanding we have is that if one side loses power, you can automatically go to the other side and they'll give you an extension cord (to) plug something in," Oakwood Lane resident Grace Breitenbeck said.