Residents dealing with no power after winter storm

HIGH POINT, N.C. – Living without power is forcing residents to find creative ways to get by.

James Bondurant of High Point said he used his grill to make dinner and his car to charge his Smartphone so his two-year-old daughter could listen to music for the evening.

“We are going to read some books and listen to some music,” he said.

The ice storm started bringing down trees in the early hours of Friday morning.

“At 4 a.m. the power flickered on and off,” said Clay Bolick, who was awakened at 7 a.m. to his neighbor’s willow oak crashing onto his roof. “When it hit it shook the whole house pretty badly.”

It could take power crews several days to restore power for some residents. In the meantime, EMS is reminding folks to be careful with space heaters.

With fears of carbon monoxide poising officials are also reminding folks not to bring grills indoors and when using a generator keep it outside and away from doors and windows.

13 comments

  • thegreatspirit13

    Now had the power companies decided back in the 80′s to lay line underground instead of putting their hands over their ears saying la la la we don’t hear you, people wouldn’t need to think of other ways to get by or keep warm. When will this ever happen? What is the hod up? Now it’s just too late to do it because of cost, whereas had it just been done in the 80′s the costs wouldn’t be so high. But that would require having a backup plan, can’t have one of those.

    • ZJ

      25 YEARS IS THE LIFE EXPECTANCY ON UNDERGROUND PRIMARY WIRE, SO WHAT YOUR SAYING IS EVERY 25 YEARS YOU DUMP ABOUT A BILLION JUST IN FORSYTH COUNTY TO REPLACE THE WIRE, NOT TO MENTION IF ONE FAILS ITS TWICW AS LONG TO FIND AND REPAIR, SORRY JUST REALIZED CAPS WAS ON TYPED TO MUCH TO DELETE AND REWRITE.

    • Steve Huff

      My wife and I discussed this yesterday. She lived in Europe almost all of her life and I was there for over 5 years. Never a power outage from a storm of any type. There are no power lines to be seen, all underground. We get what we are willing to pay for……

    • ademco

      You do realize that you don’t just bury unprotected lines, right? I mean, were you under the impression the process was to dig a trench and LITERALLY bury the cable? ‘Cause that’s just ign’ant.

      • Steve Huff

        Well, whoever you are, we can call each other all kinds of names or whatever else. Want to meet and discuss things in person. Not the way to have a conversation or view ones opinions. If things were simple wouldn’t it just be a wonderful life to live.

        The point I am trying to make is, if it is cheaper to just string power lines above the ground the we get what we are willing to pay for. Do you just dig a trench and lay a cable, duh,… If we are/were willing to pay for a way to help prevent such outages I think it would make sense.

  • felix

    Quick question… Who is gonna pay for the install of underground wires??? You say install now because you are without power, but wait until the tax bill comes….

    • Steve Huff

      I guess I will stop commenting. Not being understood very well. I was just making a comment that if we had this differently it would potentially be different now. I never said anything about installing this type of thing now. It was just a comment. I can only assume when the first thought of getting electricity throughout communities hanging the wires over head was a much more cost effective way of doing things.

      I don’t want to even talk about taxes.

  • Marcus

    They raise rates every year. We have paid for underground wires ten times over by now. Duke Energy pads their pockets instead of doing what’s best for their bottom line. They’re more concerned with short-term gains than long-ter stability. Looks at what happened on the Dan River.

  • Dionne Lowery

    I main concern are my parents. The are elderly and this prolonged time without heat could kill them. There is no defense for the elderly.

  • Dionne Lowery

    The elderly are really suffering, sorry for my misspells in previous comment. I’m pissed and typing too fast . I’m upset that they think the earliest they could have power restored is Wed. That is not acceptable.

  • Zj

    Please explain to me how it is unacceptable have you looked at all the trees down everywhere, duke energy didn’t put those trees there maybe you should tell your neighbors or you yourself shouldn’t put trees around the lines or in greensboros case let them cut the trees or don’t complain about it when your lights go off. On a side note the guys out here working are away from there families trying to get your lights on so instead of complaining that you have no tv to watch why don’t you enjoy this beautiful day spend sometime with the family.

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