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Linemen restore power to thousands in South Carolina

Linemen from nearby states continue to work in the Midlands trying to restore power to several hard-hit areas in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. (Source: WISTV) Linemen from nearby states continue to work in the Midlands trying to restore power to several hard-hit areas in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. (Source: WISTV)
ORANGEBURG COUNTY, SC (WIS) -

Linemen from nearby states continue to work in the Midlands trying to restore power to several hard-hit areas in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.

Nearly one week after the storm, hundreds are still without power. Hundreds of linemen were called from several different states including Alabama and Virginia to help local utility crews. Slowly but surely, with the help of those linemen, lights continue turning on for residents.

Orangeburg County was one of the hardest hit areas with about 80% of the county losing power in the storm.

“Orangeburg has been hit particularly hard, and so there has been a lot of work to do,” said Mike Jolly, Mutual Aid Coordinator for the city of Rock Hill.

Jolly said 125 people from Rock Hill came down to help. Jolly said after six days of work, they are beginning to see the end of the road. It’s a sign that recovery is still underway.

Andy Bridwell is a lineman stationed out of Greer who was called to the scene.

“It’s been slow and tedious but we can only get one pole at a time,” Bridwell, who works for Greer Commission of Public Works said. About seven men came down from his area.

“We have to come out and take everything off the pole, pull the old pole out, reset a new pole and then put everything back on it. And they will pull new wires between the poles and you do that over and over and over again,” said Jolly.

The men and women work 40 feet above the ground, handling high voltage power lines.

“We will stay as long as Orangeburg needs us. We haven’t been told yet when that will be. We are here for the long haul. We will wait until the last person is on and then we will go back home,” said Jolly.

Officials said Thursday night 200 residents were still without power.

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