No Power and No Phones in Pendleton County

By: Deon Guillory Email
By: Deon Guillory Email

People in Pendleton County are still without power. On top of that, they have no phone service, meaning they have no access to 911.
"We have a generator, but I know some of the people around here, like, there's nowhere to get gas, unless you go to Long Mountain. Some people don't even have cars to get up there." said Toni Bogan who lives in Franklin,
She and her friends just found out, there's no phone service either.
"They really need the phones going because if something happens, like a car accident or anything like that, how's anybody going to get a hold of anybody." said Bogan.
Rick Gillespie is working on that. He's the Chairman of the Pendleton County 911 Advisory Board. He's in constant contact with the phone company.
"They have tree crews in the area, cutting down all the downed trees that took the lines out. And crews in there to splice new fiber optic cable, which should restore service once they complete that work." said Gillespie.
Some Feel the area they call home has been forgotten.
"Yeah, we're really not that big, but we still have power like everybody else." said Derek Moats.
"it's a small town and really just like a little retirement community. we're pretty much in the middle of nowhere." said Bogan.
There's no timetable on when those phone services are going to be restored. Emergency workers here tell me that if anyone needs to get in touch with 9-1-1 to go to your local firehouse. Those are staffed, ready for any emergency.


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