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THUMBS UP For CEC Crews


The linemen of your electric co- op are committed to helping members weather any storm—before, during and after. In rain, sleet, snow and wind, the elements of human kindness remain the most powerful. These notes from CEC members say it all.


Crews from People’s Electric Cooperative set poles following the December ice storm. The co-op is one of several that provided assistance to Choctaw Electric in the storm’s aftermath. PHOTO/SCOTTY LITTLES.


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and power restored to the residence.


I realize how frustrating this was for those who lost power, but I can tell you that Choctaw Electric crews and other crews that assisted us did an outstanding job in an extremely difficult situation. I am proud of these crews and the work they do.


All employees of Choctaw Electric pulled together and devoted whatever time and effort was needed to get the job done—and get it done they did.


Our heartfelt thanks to all of


you—our gracious and understanding members, and the many communities who pitched in to help and offer support, food and prayers. You are the reason we enjoy doing what we do.


In 1933, Ernest Hemmingway wrote a short story entitled After the Storm. The story is


“All Choctaw Electric employees pulled together and devoted whatever time and effort was needed to get the job done—and get it done they did.”


about two men fighting over minor issues that have nothing to do with what is really going on. In the story, a ship has wrecked in a storm, yet this tragic fact becomes secondary to the men’s bickering over the possibility of finding treasure. Their self-centered desire is more important to them than the fact that a ship went down and lives were lost. It’s easy to become ambiguous to suffering if you are not directly affected. Sometimes we lose sight of the facts.


Clean up from the ice storm will go on for months. In many areas, debris had to be dealt with quickly


before the restoration process could even begin. Limbs and branches will continue to fall in these areas. Meter poles and issues on private property will continue to be discovered and reconciled. Through it all, we appreciate your patience and understanding. Like the ice storm of 2000, eventually, this too shall pass.


“A big thank you to all who worked tirelessly and such long hours during this ice storm. From the lineman to the girls who manned the phones, you are all much appreciated.”


—Rachel Piper.


“Thank you everyone for all you did to restore our power.” —Bettie and Charles White


“My special thanks to all the guys and gals who helped get the power on during the ice storm.” —Cheryl Spear


“Special thanks and to let you know you’re appreciated.” —Eddie and Fran Damren


“I could do with candles, the lamp for light, but doing without water was a real fright.


I remember the old days and they weren’t so sweet. When I saw the lights go on, twas a real treat!


To all the ones braving the cold the night of the ice, I just want to say you’re mighty nice!”


Thank you very much! —Janie Allensworth


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