"They have everything we need -- diapers, formula, everything. There's a lot of babies here," she said, pointing to a row of cribs where several were napping. "We finally got them to go to sleep."
However, Smearman said she probably wouldn't be able to stay at the center until the apartment complex reopens.
"They said it will take about two weeks before they restore it and then inspect it," she said.
Peggy Canterbury, who manages the complex and also lives on site, said she's having trouble finding someone to do the work to fix the awnings.
"I've got to wait for two contractors to provide me bids," she said.
Audry and Carl Copen came back to their apartment with their 2-year-old daughter Wednesday to retrieve the family's pet turtle. Canterbury was letting tenants into their apartments for a few minutes to retrieve some things they had forgotten to grab in the early morning rush.
The weight of the snow made almost every tree along U.S. 19 lean as if the wind was in mid-gust. Many, still with red, yellow and orange leaves, were snapped in half.
Plows had carved a maze through the deep snow, which exceeded 1 foot in downtown Summersville, to allow cars to crawl through the slush.
"With the weight of the snow, we're taking six steps forward and three backward," said Summersville Mayor Robert Shafer. "We'll be making progress, but then more trees will fall and structures will collapse and then more power is lost."
Many residents stood in their driveways armed with shovels despite the rain Wednesday.
"I'm afraid we're going to start seeing more and more heart attacks," said Dan Shelford, a registered nurse and risk manager for Summersville Regional Medical Center. He is concerned about the heaviness of the snow.
"We've had to actually go pick up 10 to 15 nurses to bring them to the hospital," he said, noting the hospital is short on staff. "There are a couple areas where we just can't get to people at all."
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