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Clarendon Co. residents thankful for efforts to restore power

Downed power pole in Clarendon Co. (Source: WIS) Downed power pole in Clarendon Co. (Source: WIS)

Crews are still going around Clarendon County working to restore power there.

At this point, more than 10,000 people have been without power for the last five days. Some have not even been able to bathe or cook for nearly a week since they have no power.

Emma Robbins said she and her family have been trapped inside of their home in Alcolu since Friday.

“A transformer fell into our yard and it knocked the wires down,” Robbins said. “We couldn’t get out to get food for drinks or anything.”

About six miles away, Leon Blackwell said he and his family were fortunate to be able to cook something for themselves despite being on their fifth day without power.

“We were cooking on the wood stove,” he said. “Right here on the wood stove, we had two meals a day – pancakes, eggs, whatever.”

Many residents in the area like Robbins also have no access to food after everything in their refrigerators spoiled.

One Turbeville woman told WIS she hasn’t had a decent meal in days.

“I ain’t had no food for a couple of days and I’m hungry, starving,” said Renne Bell Durant. “I can’t cook. My stove is out. My house totally runs on electricity.”

However, power could be restored soon as hundreds of workers from Arkansas have been working tirelessly to get homes back online. As they work to restore power, many residents thanked them for all they’ve done.

“I fixed them chicken bog, green beans, we had drinks for them,” said Turbeville resident Tim Baxley. “It’s just a little token of appreciation.”

Utility providers are hoping to have power restored by this weekend.

"Just to know what these people are going through and to be out of power and to revenant and still open their homes to us and feed us is heartfelt,” said Arkansas utility worker Landon Dutton.

At this time, the Department of Social Services has not stated if disaster food stamps will be available.

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