‘Don’t be scared, be prepared’: Riverfront homeowner ‘concerned,’ but ready for Florence

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — With Hurricane Florence expected to bring heavy wind and rain to Central Virginia this weekend, there’s a huge concern with the storm’s impact on the James River. 

When Hurricane Isabelle hit back in 2003, a portion of one Richmond home was destroyed. The family who lives there now wasn’t around back then, but remains nervous for what the potentially catastrophic storm could do. 

“I think we’re all concerned right now, as we should be,” Jennifer Gardner told 8News. “There’s not really anything we can do about it, so, you know, our motto in our house is, ‘don’t be scared. Be prepared.'”

But the fear and uncertainty remains present in the back of their minds, which is why the family is over-preparing by removing all of their outdoor furniture, inspecting their generator and trees surrounding their home.​​​​​​​”We have the dam over there, and actually I’m a little concerned about that,” Gardner said.

If they should become surrounded by water, they still have a plan.

“We will get out paddling or with our life jackets somehow,” Gardner added. “Definitely will have our weather radio with us, cell phones will be charged so we can get out as necessary, and we do have an exit route.”

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