After being away from home for 11 days, Clark Energy’s six-man restoration team consisting of Richard Steele, Sam Adams, Raymond Turner, William Merritt, Barney Toy and David Dennis, returned home from Edisto Electric Cooperative in Bamberg, South Carolina late Saturday morning, February 22.
The crew arrived in southern South Carolina to find 16,000 of Edisto’s over 19,000 members without power. The team went immediately to work at one of the co-op’s outer offices in Barnwell and spent most of their time working 16 hour days in Barnwell and Allendale counties in a rural setting of pine or fruit tree farms, cotton or watermelon fields, and swamp land.
Temperatures ranging from 30 to 82 degrees, with little rain, aided in their restoration efforts. Their work consisted of putting up downed power lines from the substation to the member’s meter. They also cut most of their own right-of-way.
The crew reported that they were greeted with many hugs, handshakes, and a lot of “God Bless Yous”. They also stated that southern hospitality and southern cooking is alive and well in Southern Carolina.
Clark Energy is a not-for-profit, member-owned Touchstone Energy Cooperative headquartered in Winchester that supplies electric energy to more than 25,000 sites in 11 east central Kentucky counties.