Posted at 5:24 PM
We got up early to meet up with the Boone County Electric Co-op that’s helping to restore power outside of Lucedale, Miss. The trip down wasn’t too bad, we stopped at every gas station that had a medium sized line to top off the tank. One of the most amazing things, I think, is the damage to all the trees. Jackson was relatively cleaned up by the time we got there. But the further south we went, the more apparent it was that a major category five storm had plowed through there. Trees were either bent or snapped, road signs were down (which made for some interesting navigating), and things in general seemed slightly off.
Our first stop was Lucedale, Miss., where we stopped at Singing Electric Company’s offices to get information on the Boone County workers. About a fifteen-minute drive later, we were a couple miles outside of Lucedale. There were four workers there, all of them from Boone County. They’d been there since Monday afternoon, working hard to restore power to the areas affected by Katrina.
I also got to meet some men who lived in the area. Darrel Estis owns the property that the electric company was working on when we arrived. His house, down the street, has had power since Thursday--thanks in part to the efforts of the Boone County workers.
L.D. Cole lives across the street; he walked over to check on the status of the pole that was currently going up. As soon that was done, power would be restored in his house. L.D.’s dog, Samatha (or Sam for short) stayed close to him as he talked with us. “See, we live in the country and it’s easy for us to get forgotten about,” he said, with a Southern twang in his voice. A few minutes later, “Let’s go home Sam-boat, let’s let these guys do their job.”
It was great to see a home town group helping out in the wake of this natural disaster. This team of four; Tim Gilbert, of Centralia; Matt Groseclose, of Columbia; Travis Lynn and Jimmy Good of Ashland will finish their tour tomorrow and they’ll be heading home on Wednesday. Their work is definitely appreciated, “We're blessed (…) blessed to have power back,” Estis said.