Jeri Matheney, spokeswoman for Appalachian Power Co., said 200 Appalachian Power repair crews left for New Jersey on Wednesday, where a second Nor'easter is expected to cause further damage and flooding. Appalachian Power was able to spare the crews after most of the cleanup work was finished in West Virginia.
Having sold election supplies to Nassau County before, Wilson and Denbigh knew the bind they would be in without power in their polling places. There was no question of helping out.
"It's a testament to West Virginia's spirit," said Denbigh.
"We work together and figure out how to pull things off," said Walker, completing the thought.
Hardman's sold Nassau County election officials 5,550-watt, 6,500-watt and 7,500-watt generators from prices that ranged from $800 to $1,000 apiece, the same price they charge anyone else.
Election officials were thrilled to pay the price. They said much smaller 3,500-watt generators - when they could be found - were selling in New York for up to $2,800.
"We could have done that," Walker said. "But it's not in our philosophy to do that."
Wilson agreed. "This is the time to take care of friends, not take advantage of friends," he said.
Reach Rusty Marks at rustyma...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1215.