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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

After The Storm

Monday’s news reported over 400,000 Kentuciana homes & businesses with out power due to Sunday’s windstorm. As of this morning we have over 230 thousand with out power. But, that means our reduced staff electrical companies have connected over 170, 000! The number connected is actually higher as they found other homes affected in rural areas.
With approximately 1/3 of our utility trucks and staff assisting in the southern US recovery this number is fantastic! Yes our guys are home now, which will speed the process.
Yesterday work required me to travel All over Jeffersonville, New Albany, Clarksville, thru Dixie HWY, Preston HWY, along Bardstown rd, & Hurstbourne areas. A normal 95-minute drive time took over 3 hours!
Despite news reports of fighting at gas stations & all the negative behaviors,
I have never been so proud to be a member of any community!
Let me tell you of a few things I saw, some may seem minor and very trivial, but it/they made a difference:
Residents, Police& National Guard members directing traffic in busy intersections and residential areas….& random driver passing them bottles of water and juice!

Banks, churches and other businesses barbecuing & offering free or minimal fee meals

Grocery store employees working hard to haul water & other non-perishable foods to the isles. Yes they were unshaven, a little grungy and in t-shirts and shorts but, they came in.

Drivers giving the same consideration to Tree service & Utility trucks as they would an ambulance.

Grocery Stores taking phone orders and delivering to the elderly or those without transportation be it due to lack of gas, road debris….at no charge!

Grocer employees hauling dry & wet ice in their own vehicles, when the trucks could not get there soon enough

Tree service employee’s working as fast as they can to clear the way for utility workers with very little sleep

Power cords running from house to house to house, those with helping those without.
Neighbor helping neighbor,Those that can helping those that cant, families working together.

As in any situation you can always find the negative but it’s just as easy to focus on the positive.
We can tell the stories of the 2008 Windstorm, acts of kindness, heroism & caring for years.

This is what community really is, and I am so very proud to be a part of it.

1 comment:

  1. I have seen some of those same good deeds. I am doing what I can by keeping some neighbor kids while their parents are at work.


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