BARBOURSVILLE, WV (WOWK) – In Cabell County, Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) set up extra housing in preparation for AEP workers coming in to help fix power outages.
Tractor-trailers came riding into the parking lot of the Huntington Mall early Thursday afternoon, pulling with them mobile sleeper units or “bunkhouse.” The campsite is located outside of the old Sears building.
Appalachian Power spokesperson Phil Moye says with the hotels filling up quickly, they needed another way to house their additional crewmembers.
We felt the need to bring in these bunkhouses, so we would have a good place for our lineman to stay while they’re working.Phil Moye, Appalachian Power spokesperson
Time was a big factor for getting the unit’s set up as more crews are scheduled to travel into the area overnight. EDS owner and president Jerry Lundergan says the prep time had to be quick.
We have to do this very quickly because we have to build the camp, because tomorrow night we will have 800 utility workers coming here.Jerry Lundergan, EDS owner and president
Once the men and women get done with their shifts, all they have to do is head over to the campsite and all their needs will be provided. Showers, laundry, and food service with three meals a day will all be included.
After a long day’s work, these men and women will no longer have to worry about where they’re going to stay while they’re on the job.
The bunkhouses will be up for at least a week, but could change depending on how long it takes to get power restored.