Created: Fri, 14 Feb 2014 05:15:00 EST
Updated: Fri, 14 Feb 2014 11:12:19 EST
Foot traffic at Pats florist in Jones County has slowed down compared to years prior. For florists, Valentines day is like the Super Bowl. Not this year. "It's been drastically different from how its previously been," said Rebecca Frazier, an employee at Pats florist. An ice storm swept through Middle Georgia this week leaving thousands without power.
Flowers and chocolates have taken a backseat to bigger concerns like lights and heat "its been a little disheartening at times. we had close to 300, 350 deliveries last year, today we've only had 60." At noon, 3500 people in Jones County were still without power. Crews worked to restore power throughout the day, but some are still waiting.
Crews ranging from Mississippi to Texas have come in to help restore power. Jones, Baldwin and Hancock counties were hit the worst. Combined, nearly 8,000 residents were still without power late this afternoon.
Employees like Rebecca Frazier at Pats florist have been understanding of the decline in sales. "The ice storm has really interrupted a lot of peoples lives and priority is on getting the house hold in order vs handling things like this and it's the same for us here, we're trying to balance all that as well."