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Martin County Officials Say Restoring Power Could Take Up To 10 Days

Martin County officials say it may take eight to 10 days to restore power to everyone there.

Phone service is also down in most of the county, so crews are going door to door checking on people and offering help.

Volunteers at the Martin County Senior Citizens Center are cooking hot meals for everyone who does not have power, while crews are trying to find people who need it.

Lee Gauze and others are going door to door in Martin County, checking on people who do not have power after the ice storm.

“Make sure everybody is okay and make sure everyone does have something to eat,” Lee Gauze said.

Kim Welch and her son Cody are just a few they found who needed help.

They did not know help was available.

“No radio, no TV, no way of knowing anything outside,” Welch said.

Crews took them to the shelter to warm-up and eat a hot meal.

So far, church volunteers have prepared 400 meals and given out 1,200 gallons of water.

Crews are handing them out during the door to door welfare checks.

“To see them smile with a hot meal and to see that someone cares, it makes a difference in their lives. It gives them hope and encouragement during a time that's brought disaster to them,” Pastor Albert Hughes said.

Volunteers say they will do whatever takes, to knock on every door.

“Volunteers say they will keep cooking and delivering meals until all the power is back on.


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