4 days later, power still off for hundreds in Albemarle

4 days later, power still off for hundreds in Albemarle

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by BEN THOMPSON / NBC Charlotte

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WCNC.com

Posted on June 17, 2013 at 5:51 PM

Updated Monday, Jun 17 at 6:00 PM

ALBEMARLE, N.C. -- As of Monday evening, 650 outages were still being reported by Albemarle Public Utilities following a severe storms last Thursday that took down power lines. 

Earlier in the day Monday, the number was 900 outages. 

One of the neighborhoods most impacted is Forest Hills, named for its tall, majestic trees that were torn down by the 60 mph winds. 

Many residents are elderly and dealing with health problems, and for them, power outages lasting four days can be dangerous.

“It's bad for some the elderly folks that are in this neighborhood,” said Jeff Shaver, contractor. 

Shaver ended up putting his tree removal skills to work after he came to the neighborhood to help a distant relative.

“He's a heart patient, and I think he's a diabetic. He's on oxygen.  And this heat's hurting him, not having power or nothing.  He just doesn't want to leave home,” said Shaver.

Just up North Third Street, Biddie Wilhoit is battling lung cancer.  She’s also unable to use her oxygen machine, waiting for the power to be turned back on.  But she said leaving her home wasn’t an option.

“I've got two dogs.  And you think I'm gonna leave my two youngin’s behind? No,” Wilhoit said.  

The Albemarle city manager says the entire power system was impacted by Thursday’s storm.  At one point, all 12,500 customers lost power. 

He said crews have to reconstruct the entire electrical system, line by line.   

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