Man, the rain ... We have had 7 or 8 inches of rain in the last 10 days, including a heavy-duty storm.
It did not affect us that much, but my work farm got hammered and Albemarle still looks like a war zone.
I talked with a Union Electric lineman at work and he said, “it would be a while” before power was restored.
They needed to get a bulldozer in to clear the lines before they could get their trucks in.
Local rumor was that it would be two weeks or more before power was up and running.
They had power restored by noon the next day. There was huge devastation in Stanly County and Union Electric, Duke Energy, Asplundh, Wind Stream and all the private contractors and local tree workers did an awesome job.
I don’t understand people whining about being without power for a few hours or even days when these guys are out there 20 feet up in the air in a bucket with huge bulky gloves on working on high-tension electrical lines at 4 a.m.
Just a thought: Let’s replace the members of Congress with linesman, organic farmers, nail salon workers, and grocery store check-out folks. Just a thought.
It finally got dry enough to work up some ground for summer plantings at our farm and my work farm. It’s still going to take another pass to get the ground ready.
Dean Mullis writes from Laughing Owl Farm in Richfield; email@example.com.
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