This flooded out home in Clendenin has been without water or electricity for 12 days, but that is about to change. A group of union electricians is volunteering it’s time replacing electric boxes in people’s homes.
“Any electric box that was underwater, has to be completely replaced and brought up to code, according to the power company. They’re doing this completely free,” said Joe Sample, of IBEW Local 466.
Joshua Huffman is the homeowner, and life-long Clendenin resident. He was overcome when the electricians just showed up out of the blue.
“You know people helping people, just because we’re people. And it’s amazing seeing everybody wanting us to to rebuild and getting us back to where we were. It’s going to be a long drug out process, I know. But we’ll eventually get back there,” said Joshua Huffman, a Clendenin Homeowner
Leading the team of electricians is Tony Moles, who grew up in Elkview and lived in the area all his life. He says once they’ve restored electricity in homes for free, some people try to give him money to help others.
“It touches everyone of us. It happened twice yesterday, you know. An elderly guy reaches for a wadded up 100 dollar bill and asked me to buy supplies…., said Tony Moles of K&M Electric, as he choked back tears.
The electricians say giving people light, means giving people hope.
“While the electricians are donating their time and their labor, what they need are supplies. Anyone who wishes to donate should contact the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers on Indiana street in Charleston,” said 13 News Reporter Mark Curtis.