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Waiting for the power to come back on

By CJ Cassidy

TALLAPOOSA, MO (KFVS) - More than 1000 linemen with Pemiscot Dunklin Electric Co-op continue working on restoring power to areas in the Missouri Bootheel.

Director Charles Crawford says he expects several substations to get power by the end of the day Monday, and the last three on Tuesday. 

That's great news for people in Tallapoosa in New Madrid County.

The Red Cross has brought in hot meals just about every evening, but for the most part, they've counted on each other for support.

After making thousands of sandwiches over the past three weeks, volunteers in Tallapoosa could whip up the perfect ham and cheese in their sleep.

They've even cornered the market on sandwich jokes.  Barbara Clark says finding humor in small things has helped her get through the long, dark days.

"You've just got to do the best you can for everybody," Clark said.

Now after three long weeks without power, volunteers can finally look ahead to the light at the end of the tunnel.

At last check, Pemiscot Dunklin Electric crews planned on powering up the substation in Gideon that supplies electricity to Tallapoosa.

"We've been sleeping in the front room where there's heat," said Dorothina Vancil, another volunteer.  "I'm looking forward to having the kids go to their bedroom and we get to go back to our bedroom."

A return to life as usual also marks an end for the "sandwich club" making sack lunches out at city hall and delivering hot meals from the Red Cross.

But Barbara Clark says she won't forget the memories from her experience.

"The Red Cross didn't get there one day," Clark said. "They were standing at the end of the driveway with flashlights waiting like this meal was so important to them - the hot meal. I thought that was really amazing."

Volunteers in Tallapoosa say they've been feeding close to 200 people everyday.

They've also handed out snacks and coffee to electric crews and say they're thankful for all the work those linemen have been doing.

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