Thousands Still In The Dark After Ivan's Wrath - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

09/17/04

Thousands Still In The Dark After Ivan's Wrath

A truck, loaded with food, is on its way to feed more than a dozen hungry men. Jeff Gray with Singing River Electric said "We're just trying to get it out to the crews right now to keep them from having to stop and come in. They don't have time. We're trying to save as much time as possible".

Time is crucial when you're trying to restore power to 10,000 people who've been living without lights, air conditioning, and a working refrigerator. Singing River Electric crews got to work as soon as Hurricane Ivan moved through.

System Engineer Tom Davis said "The wind was still blowing and still raining, we worked 19 hours yesterday".

With so much scattered outages, the company called in reinforcements to meet a midnight goal of restoring service. 450-workers from other parts of Mississippi, Missouri and Texas arrived to help repair broken lines. The guys are pulling long days and even nights to turn the power back on.

Workers like Alton Craig say helping communities recover from a natural disaster is a job they enjoy.

Alton Craig said "It's a good feeling. 90 % of the people are real nice. You find a few that's irate, but most are pretty nice".

Singing River Electric and Mississippi Power officials say they want to concentrate on making sure everyone has power here in Mississippi first. Then, they'll decide whether to send crews to Alabama and Florida to help restore power over there.

By: Trang Pham-Bui

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