Wednesday, February 26, 2014
To the Editor:
“Houston we’ve got a problem!” was my first thought when the ice storm hit and we lost power in Summerville. My mother lives in Summerville Estates, a fairly new retirement community close to Knightsville. There are 130 residents living in Summerville Estates with the average being around 80 years old, according to manager Terry Kipick. My husband and I live in a subdivision about eight minutes away. We had power turned on in our single family residence 12 hours before Summerville Estates had their power restored.
Summerville Estates does have several generators that were used in the common areas but coats, hats and gloves were still needed. They slept in cold bedrooms. I spoke with a friend of my mother’s when I was over yesterday and she is now fighting bronchitis.
The problem is that Summerville Estates is not officially “Assisted Living” although they do have a company involved that can help residents with many needs. Terry Kepick told me that they are trying to get on the priority list but obviously so far that has not happened.
I hope that before our next power outage Summerville Estates will be on that priority list so that they would have their power restored before neighborhoods of single family dwellings.