Some Still Without Power 7 Days After Irene, Most Back On Grid

By: April Davis
By: April Davis

While most communities here in the east are getting back on the power grid, there are a few pockets that are still waiting. We spoke to a family in Kinston who waited seven days for the lights to come back on.

Corey Lawson came from Georgia to help his parents out once he got the call.

"I immediately packed everything to come help her get the tree out of her roof," said Lawson.

The tree was chopped off the roof Friday and a power crew was working around the mess of power lines trying to get the Lawson family back on the grid.

"Day seven. No lights, no hot water, it's just been frustrating, no air conditioning. No... you know. It's been ridiculous," said Lawson.

It's easy to understand why it took time to restore power. Lines are still trapped all around the Emma Webb Park community in Kinston. While trees are pulling at lines, neighbors like Lawson are pulling together day after day.

"My neighbor next door- she's 80 years old. She can't clean her own yard. My neighbor here, she has 5 kids with asthma, so I had to get a generator to make sure that they was, you know, the kids were- it got hot," said Lawson.

With no air conditioning, the heat has been on for these crews to get things moving quickly. They're hailed as heroes when they can. If not, a neighborhood will once again be left in the dark for another night.

The City of Kinston says power was restored to the Emma Webb Park community Friday, and as of Friday afternoon, the city had about 200 homes without power.

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  • by Ted Location: Grimesland on Sep 3, 2011 at 02:43 PM
    We lost power at 6:30 AM Saturday morning. Finally at 8:30 Thursday night we got it back, only to have a drunk driver crash into a pole Friday night at 1:30 and we lost it again until 1ish today!
  • by radical weather Location: enc on Sep 3, 2011 at 09:48 AM
    If you don't like it with no electricity: buy a generator. Ask for help with if you need to do so.
  • by lightweight on Sep 3, 2011 at 08:12 AM
    Wonder how my grandparents survived without electricity?
  • by Michael Location: Vanceboro on Sep 3, 2011 at 06:46 AM
    My power was out from 5am Sat until 10pm on Wed. I am grateful for the outstanding work the power crews did every day. No matter how good everyone is the sad fact is someone will be the last to get power. Just no way around it.
  • by Elaine on Sep 3, 2011 at 05:58 AM
    3 days they Looked at a tree on the lines Day 4 they cut it. Day 6 they found a Pole. over 30 trucks came to look and did nothing. Thanks Progressive!! Maybe all the trucks and Campers, you brought in from other States Could have let Us the people that pay your incomes, could Have let US, use the showers!!! Just a thought
  • by Scooter Location: Moores bch on Sep 2, 2011 at 07:51 PM
    I know electric companies have a lot of work to do but why must we be absolutely last? We see lights all around. Gubment should step in seeing how they doubled property taxes last year.

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