Oct. 13, 2016 Hurricane Matthew update
Article was added on Friday, October 14, 2016
of human connections
Who knew a paper bag filled
with munchies could look so good? Linemen who have been working 16
hour-days for nearly a week, that's who.
Young members of Union
Baptist Church in Hannah dropped off about 50 bags filled with
bottled water and snacks for Santee Electric Cooperative linemen in
Kingstree. The gesture touched the lineworkers' hearts.
"I could joke about it and
say there's no better way to make a friend of me than to feed me,"
Santee lineman Will Gaymon. "But it really is a sweet thing to do.
I am worn out from non-stop work, and it means a lot to know co-op
members notice it."
Each of the brown paper bags
came with its own artwork-a big, bold "Thank You" written with a
red or green marker-and some had a drawing of a flower or house. A
couple of images were a little hard to decipher, but the warm
message of appreciation was obvious.
Santee Electric members have
been generous all week. Members McKenzie Ward and Wyatt Morris brought
chicken and dumplings to the co-op office. A spaghetti dinner
arrived courtesy of the Williamsburg Hometown Chamber of Commerce.
Workers washed down their meals with 80 gallons of sweet tea from
Jarrett & Kellahan law firm. The firm even arranged to have
the lineworkers' uniforms washed.
"How do you even begin to
say an appropriate "thank you" for such unrequested and unexpected
kindness," said Adrel Langley, SEC Manager of Community Relations .
"Nobody likes hurricanes and the extra work they bring, but it sure
helps keep these lineman's spirits up when people are so
As the cooperative continues
repairs, lineworkers are pushing through high waters in areas that
are usually dry, as they try to reach damaged poles, wires and
About 30% of Santee Electric
members were without electricity this morning. CEO Rob Ardis
hopes to have most members back on by the end of the day
"It's just very hard to
predict," he said. "If I'm standing on a road and can see the
status of the repair work, I can more accurately predict power
restoration. But when outages are scattered over so many different
scenarios at thousands of homes and businesses, all I can offer are
general predictions. We're working as hard and as safely as we
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