Wednesday, February 19, 2014
After an ice storm hit South Carolina last Wednesday, SCE&G reported 40,000 power outages in Dorchester County.
Falling trees caused traffic delays, property damage and rolling blackouts. Despite the circumstances, some prevailed over the storm.
Summerville Medical Center lost power for less than a minute before generators kicked in, according to Bob Behanian of Trident Health media relations. Power was restored after 50 seconds.
Residents of the Crisis Ministries’ Summerville women’s shelter, the Palmetto House, were rescued from the cold by members of Old Fort Baptist Church and The Least of These Project.
“We got a call from Chris Graham at Old Fort and he asked if we needed anything,” said Amy Zeigler, Crisis Ministries vice president for development. “He and his son came out and cleared the trees, picked up the ladies and got them [to the Family Center in Charleston] safely and warm.”
The Goodwill thrift store on Trolley Road reported 17 holes in the roof on Wednesday due to falling pine trees. The store closed shortly after, and employees worked to rearrange merchandise to avoid damage.
“Despite water and leaking inside, none of the donations or products were ruined, and shoppers were welcomed back into the store at 10 a.m. Thursday,” according to Rebecca Collett, of Goodwill Industries of Lower S.C.
Summerville Police, Fire
At the first fluctuation of power, Summerville Police and Fire departments transitioned to generator power. Dispatch never lost power.
The departments and dispatch ran on generator power most of the day, according to Jon Rogers, Summerville Police Department PIO.
While many waited in limbo for their electricity to be restored, the Summerville Family YMCA located at The Ponds were particularly hospitable.
YMCA patron Carol Bowers called the facility friendly and hospitable.
“We came in tired and cold, exercised, and then basked in a hot shower in a warm bathroom, something that we no longer enjoyed at home,” she said. “My husband and I are thankful and grateful for our Summerville Family YMCA.”