Christmas in the dark

Christmas in the dark

There are 15 comments on the Williamson Daily News Online story from Jan 2, 2010, titled Christmas in the dark. In it, Williamson Daily News Online reports that:

The parking lot of Pike County Central High School becomes a parking garage for electric company vehicles, mostly bucket trucks, each evening when crews from several companies call it quits after working in Pike County to fix the lines taken out by a snow storm which teemed a foot or more in some places.

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John C

AOL

#1 Jan 2, 2010
I am wondering today--- 1-2-2010---if all electricity has been restored to this county. I live in the Northern part of WV. How did families handle the snow and no utilities for the holidays. No power to light the Christmas Tree...?(JC)
i know

Charleston, WV

#2 Jan 2, 2010
it's was hard we didn't have no ele for 8 days it's hard but we was lucky to have some heat gas and oil stove.
crystal

Ithaca, NY

#3 Jan 4, 2010
the hardest thing was no water. We do not have the luxery of city water, everyone has well water and without electricity the pump will not work. You can imagine how hard it is to carry enough water to supply a family of 5, esp when you can't even flush the toilet. And the cold weather made it very hard to carry from outside because your hands would get so cold. I realize that the outage was wide spread, but there was no reason for it to take that long to restore power. My dad worked for PIKE for years and I remember him going out for days to restore power all the into other states and it didn't take that long, and thats been 15-20 years ago! I think that all the anti coal people should try this experiance for about a week, and they'll gladly accept coal mining as a necessity, then pickit something else like, shooting rockets at our only moon!
ilove here

Charleston, WV

#4 Jan 4, 2010
my brother work for pike 10-15 year when they went they got the job done and not so long.
I Sympathize With you

United States

#5 Jan 5, 2010
crystal wrote:
the hardest thing was no water. We do not have the luxery of city water, everyone has well water and without electricity the pump will not work. You can imagine how hard it is to carry enough water to supply a family of 5, esp when you can't even flush the toilet. And the cold weather made it very hard to carry from outside because your hands would get so cold. I realize that the outage was wide spread, but there was no reason for it to take that long to restore power. My dad worked for PIKE for years and I remember him going out for days to restore power all the into other states and it didn't take that long, and thats been 15-20 years ago! I think that all the anti coal people should try this experiance for about a week, and they'll gladly accept coal mining as a necessity, then pickit something else like, shooting rockets at our only moon!
Crystal Darlin, If there weren't so many thieves stealing the copper from the electric lines while they are not hot, I figure they could be working on getting it back sooner. Some people know who is stealing the copper, but won't turn them in. It effects everyone's way of life, and they should be accountable. The power companies can only work so hard and fast, and don't need that aggravation. Keep in mind too, that every day the power is off, the company loses money, not to mention all the expenses of paying the workers and out of state workers. I'm just saying this is in addition to what you was just saying, and I agree with you. And the thieves, well, what if their loved one needed emergency help, and the electricity for the phones didn't work?
CITIZEN

Prestonsburg, KY

#6 Jan 5, 2010
I Sympathize With you wrote:
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Crystal Darlin, If there weren't so many thieves stealing the copper from the electric lines while they are not hot, I figure they could be working on getting it back sooner. Some people know who is stealing the copper, but won't turn them in. It effects everyone's way of life, and they should be accountable. The power companies can only work so hard and fast, and don't need that aggravation. Keep in mind too, that every day the power is off, the company loses money, not to mention all the expenses of paying the workers and out of state workers. I'm just saying this is in addition to what you was just saying, and I agree with you. And the thieves, well, what if their loved one needed emergency help, and the electricity for the phones didn't work?
Well, my electricity was off a week, and no one stole any wire in my area. How do you explain that? I can, poor maintenance!!!
Hello There

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#7 Jan 5, 2010
CITIZEN wrote:
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Well, my electricity was off a week, and no one stole any wire in my area. How do you explain that? I can, poor maintenance!!!
I got it, I got it the answer that is, people face it if Williamson Daily news said there were theives stealing copper slowing the workers down, I believe people well do anything any more, you think the country is the only place it happens think again,snow storms get cities too. I understand about the water too the pumps wont work.its a hardship In the city our furnace wont work without electric, been there.so I pray we all stay safe and healthy lets not forget our miners say a prayer for them too. and have.A HAPPY NEW YEAR
Did You Know

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#8 Jan 7, 2010
CITIZEN wrote:
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Well, my electricity was off a week, and no one stole any wire in my area. How do you explain that? I can, poor maintenance!!!
There is such a thing as a power grid? The country is set up on it, and a lot of the world. Just because it wasn't stolen from your "area" doesn't mean they weren't working on restoring in an area that is adjacent to yours. Here is a link that explains how the grid system works. Now, I'm not saying that the power companies couldn't work a little harder on maintenance in better times. But Mother nature will throw us a curve on occasion, and beleive me, it might be on the next county over, or even the next state, it effects you because they are being stretched. About the only thing you can do is buy a generator, then hope the gas station has the power to fill your tank.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electric_grid
Happy Reading
waitaminute

United States

#9 Jan 7, 2010
Did You Know wrote:
<quoted text>
There is such a thing as a power grid? The country is set up on it, and a lot of the world. Just because it wasn't stolen from your "area" doesn't mean they weren't working on restoring in an area that is adjacent to yours. Here is a link that explains how the grid system works. Now, I'm not saying that the power companies couldn't work a little harder on maintenance in better times. But Mother nature will throw us a curve on occasion, and beleive me, it might be on the next county over, or even the next state, it effects you because they are being stretched. About the only thing you can do is buy a generator, then hope the gas station has the power to fill your tank.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electric_grid
Happy Reading
by the sound of it, you have never had to go without electric for a long period of time. i usually dont respond to these topix (i get a kick out of reading some of them) but this one upset me a little. there is absolutely "NO" excuse for the length of time our electric was out thru Christmas. i can understand it taking a couple days, maybe 3-4, but not 9!! there was "no one" working over here for the first few days.(except to turn their own power on) on the 7th day without electricity, we spoke with some workers and we were told that the reason their was no one at Dingess is because they were all sent to the Matewan area. like i said, 3-4 days can be understandable, but 9 days without it is rediculous!!
Did You Know

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#10 Jan 8, 2010
waitaminute wrote:
<quoted text>by the sound of it, you have never had to go without electric for a long period of time. i usually dont respond to these topix (i get a kick out of reading some of them) but this one upset me a little. there is absolutely "NO" excuse for the length of time our electric was out thru Christmas. i can understand it taking a couple days, maybe 3-4, but not 9!! there was "no one" working over here for the first few days.(except to turn their own power on) on the 7th day without electricity, we spoke with some workers and we were told that the reason their was no one at Dingess is because they were all sent to the Matewan area. like i said, 3-4 days can be understandable, but 9 days without it is rediculous!!


There are a lot of thoughts here. First, you are very right. 9 days is a very long time to be with out electricity. Secondly, like everything else, whether it is police, fire (they do the best they can with what they have), water, schools, shopping, I could go on, that lower end of the county gets screwed (excuse my expression) everytime. It's like Dingess and Breeden are an after thought, like "oh yeah, we need to get over there to twelve pole", well, let's get a cup of coffee first". I know what you are saying. But I am just saying thievery makes it harder to do the job. I have not experienced a 9 day outage, but, I have come home from a short period of time from my home to find the wiring stolen, and copper plumbing ripped out, believe me, it takes a lot longer than 9 days to recover from that.
I do hope that one day, the people in that district will one day get fed up with all of the things that happen in that area, and not just get on topix and complain about it.
And I do hope, that those who lost food, which, everyone did, that maybe just before the election, HTC will come up with a check for food in the community, just before election day for a photo opp (since that seems to work for him) in the WDN. Be angry about this and do something about it! Don't forget about it come April! Best of Luck to you!
Did You Know

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#11 Jan 8, 2010
One more thing, while it may be slightly entertaining to read some of the posts on here, and I have read them myself, and some are funny, and some are disgusting. But to slander each other, or even if it is the truth, will not keep everyone together for the common cause of what is best for the community. Choose your battles wisely. Figure out what truly effects you and your family, and work on that, Isn't that most important? Don't get fixated on some one you may suspect as an addict or sleeze bag. Everyone must work together!
This site was intended for community news, to inform people of the news and to allow them to comment. It has become a gossip column. It doesn't have to be that way! And I don't know about you, but I am ready for April! Good Luck!
beenthere

Charleston, WV

#12 Feb 4, 2010
I don't think any of us have to worry about the poor power company having to be out so much money for the outages. They sure as hell made up for what they were out on everybody electric bills for the month of Jan. they still charged for 31 days of service even though you didn't have it for 9-10 days. And as long as our state public service keeps approving the power companies request for raises on power every year, there will probably be a lot of people without power for longer just because they won't be able to feed their families and afford the bill,and that is not counting what they are going to do to us with the cap and trade legislation. Educate yourselves about what is going on with our government right now and get out and vote in state and national elections.
hopeful

AOL

#13 Feb 5, 2010
I believe I read somewhere the power compay knew they over charged customers and they were suspose to make it right,I can't remember where I seen it. But wait and see, and let them know how you feel about it,you have that right. I Know some states did raise utilities, But I hear you really got blasted with snow, as well as the power bill for the electric you didn't have it to use,have a good day, and the very best to you..
Information

AOL

#14 Feb 7, 2010
I bet (and hope) what they have done is estimated the usage for everyone, since reading the meters was pretty much out of the question. The next time they read the meters, the bills will adjust downward. Although, here in Ohio, we all got a shock when we opened our bills, and they were not estimated, and indeed the bills jumped about $20. And that is much higher than last years at the same time. I heat with gas, so, thank God that went down.
One more thing, if there are lines you see that have tree limbs around them, let the electric company know, maybe they will come out and take them out of the way. It is a lot easier to get them off the lines when the weather is good, than it is to try and get it when the ice and snow is out there. This has been a really bad year for this kind of thing, all over the country. But that doesn't make it any easier knowing that when it happens to you.
1moretime

Charleston, WV

#15 Feb 12, 2010
Well here in W.Va. our state legislature allowed the power company about 2 yrs. ago to raise their rates by 48% over a 4 yr. period . They raised 12% last year and 12% in November. They also approved the request for the gas company to raise their rates and they also took a big hike in Sept. or Oct. It is a lot of our states fault for allowing these raises to take place and people need to stand up to the state officials who allow them to raise the rates in the first place. By the time the 4 yrs. are up my household will be paying around 450.00 a month for electricity and if they pass the cap and trade bill that the federal government wants Lord help us all.

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