Help being provided to those still without electricity

  • Sunday, February 16, 2014

Volunteers arrived at Ringel Heights Baptist Church Sundday and began loading supplies onto a Salvation Army truck to be delivered to other parts of the county. Photo provided


Help is being provided to those who are still without electricity in Georgetown County.

As of 7 a.m. Monday, 5,087 Georgetown County Santee Electric customers were still in the dark. The company says at its peak, there were 12,000 Georgetown County customers without power last week “crippling the electric system similar to the devastation that was left by Hurricane Hugo. Most of the outages were caused by ice collecting on limbs and trees that in turn fell across power lines.”

Duke Power reports being down to just 10 customers without electricity in the Andrews area.

Santee Cooper reports no outages in Georgetown County.

On Sunday, a multi-agency effort began to provide free meals to those still without electricity

Three meals per day will be served at three locations until electricity is restored to at least most parts of Georgetown County.

Locations where meals will be served include:

* Ringle Heights Baptist Church, 78 Ruben Ave., Georgetown

* Northeast Regional Recreation Center, 8189 Choppee Road, Georgetown

* Sampit Park, 495 Powell Road, Georgetown.

Starting Monday, meals will be served daily at 8 a.m., noon and 6 p.m. through a partnership between South Carolina Baptist Convention Disaster Relief, the Salvation Army and the American Red Cross. Volunteers expect to serve around 150 meals a day, which will be handed out until supplies are gone.

Over the last several days Georgetown County Emergency Management has received numerous calls from families requesting food and bottled water after food in their refrigerators spoiled.

“It became apparent that some sort of assistance needed to be offered,” said Sam Hodge, Georgetown County's emergency manager.

He and his team coordinated with relief agencies to make meals available in the hardest hit areas of the county.

Meals will be prepared at Ringle Heights by S.C. Baptist Disaster Relief and transported by the Red Cross and Salvation Army to the other serving locations.

The Southeastern Baptist Association will also have mobile shower units available at Ringle Heights for use by anyone who wants a hot shower.

Towels are provided, but people should bring their own toiletries.

People are asked to share this information with their churches and other groups, and notify any individuals they are aware of who are in need of food due to widespread power outages.

Other help

On Monday, beginning at 2 p.m., members of Screven Baptist Church in Georgetown will be handing out water bottles, blankets, fruit, flashlights, and cleaning up lawns from fallen debris.

The church has listed ways the public can help:

1. Pray for us and the people we will help.

2. Buy and donate these items for families that are still out of power. (Bring them to Screven Baptist Church by noon tomorrow. We will continue this project over the next few days. So you can bring these items afterwards as well.)

3. Come with us in the Maryville area tomorrow at 2:00pm.

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