Power worker smashes finger, tapes it up and goes back to work

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BLAKELY, Ga. (WDHN) — The effects of Hurricane Michael can still be seen and felt by many locals.

Thousands of people throughout the tri-state area are still relying on generators and making ends meet without power as restoration efforts continue. 

Crews are still busy working to restore power to hundreds of Georgia residents who are still in the dark. These power crews, specifically, are from as far away as Kentucky and Tennessee.

“This is one of the hardest hit places we’ve seen,” said Hunter Brewer, a lineman with Bolivar Energy Authority. “They was 100 percent out of power when we showed up, and we got about 80 percent of the three phases back on, and then we’re going to start working on the tabs and stuff so hopefully in the next couple of weeks, we’ll have people back on.”

Brewer recently had to get a poison oak shot and even broke his finger while on the job this week. To fix it, he simply taped it up and went to work as if nothing ever happened.

“I smashed it between a cross arm,” he said. “All we had to do was tape it up and we was back at it.”

Despite Brewer’s injury, he’s still thinking of others and wanted to say thank you to the local volunteers for lending a helping hand.

“It’s helped us a whole lot,” he said. “We’ve been cutting a lot of trees, and they’ve been cutting trees, just trying to help us as fast as we can and safe as we can. In the end, it all works out, everybody working together.”

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