Thousands Still Without Power After Winter Storm

Clarendon County, SC (WLTX) -- Thousands of homes and businesses are still without power. More than 30,000 in all across the state.

"It was just, Lord have mercy, cold like I don't know what," Willia Mae Gibbs said.

It's pretty hard to stay warm when you haven't had any heat for five days.

Gibbs has to stay bundled up.

"I just assumed maybe a couple of days then we'll have lights back. But, no dice like that, honey," she said.

Gibbs' power went out Wednesday afternoon. And it's been all downhill from there.

"I stayed here Wednesday night then I started shivering Thursday night. So I said, 'I'm not going to die in this house by myself,'" she said."I called the Sheriff's department and they sent a car to pick me up."

She stayed at a hotel till Monday morning. And if she could afford it, she'd still be there.

Now she's going to stay with family members in North Carolina.

"I probably spent about $200 out of pocket money. And I don't have anymore, I would have stayed on at the motel, but I don't have any more money because I'm living on a fixed income" she said.

Having no electricity is causing a multitude of problems for Gibbs, who has health issues.

And on her block, when you don't have don't have water.

"I can't even use my bathroom because I can't flush it. I don't have water," Gibbs said.

Santee Electric Cooperative recently repaired a down power line which could help restore power to Gibbs and her neighbors.

And while many of people without electricity are restless, Gibbs still has patience.

"I realize that they're human just like we are human, so we can't just put the blame on them because this is an act of God," she said.

According to the latest numbers, there are still over 11,000 Santee cooperative customers out of power.

They have the largest territory of any other cooperative in the state.


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