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09/26/05 - East Texas

Tiny Towns Also Need Help

by Ramonica R. Jones

"It's terrible," said Cherokee County resident, Nettie Moore. "I was raised poor with a lamplight, but it's different now when you get old and you can't see good and your hearing gets bad. You have to stumble around in the dark. This caught me with a little bit of lamp oil and I've had to be sparingly with the lamp oil. I don't even have a flashlight, honey."

Like a lot of other East Texans, Nettie Moore's electricity went out Saturday morning. Being without lights and air conditioning can be hard on anyone during an East Texas summer, but it's much harder when you're almost a hundred years old.

With a refrigerator full of food about to go bad, Moore has no idea what she'll do.

"Oh, I'd be so happy, honey, if the Lord would move on up here to come turn the electricity back on for me. I really would."

Ice, food, fuel, and medicine is also needed in Rondale - a tiny town of about 200 people between Jasper and Pineland. Some of the residents there think they're being neglected because they're in a 'one stoplight town'.

Rondale resident, Queen Handy, said, "They're being bypassed. FEMA representatives are going to Pineland and going through the community, but they're not bringing anything into the community or city of Rondale. We need these things and we need them now."

And now can't come soon enough, but with thousands of people all over East Texas still without power, the only thing these small town folks can do is watch and wait until the lights come back on.

Some residents in Cherokee County have had their power restored, but many are still without phone service. All power should be restored in that area by Wednesday.

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