Making Your Mark: A helping hand getting power back on

Making Your Mark: Out-of-towners help out

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA (WVEC) -- The good news is, five days after Hurricane Matthew blew through Hampton Roads, most of us have our power back.

The bad news is, some people don't. And for those folks, here comes the cavalry in the form of Dominion Power workers from out of town, who are here to help local crews get everyone's electricity on at home.

Kenny Wilkins is one of those kind-hearted workers coming to the rescue. He drove four hours from Leesburg to work almost 16-hour days in streets still littered with tree branches and downed power poles.

"Mutual aid," Kenny said. "We always help each other. This is what they do."

They're doing a lot. 13News Now caught up with them in the Bay Colony area of Virginia Beach, an area hit hard with damage and outages. At the height of the storm, Virginia Beach had the most number of outages with 88,000.

At the time of this report (5 p.m. Thursday),  that number has dropped to 408 still without power in Virginia Beach.

That's a sign that the crews' hard work is paying off. Kenny has a message for the remaining customers who are still hoping their power will come back soon.

"We're getting to you as safely as we possibly can," he said. "We're working efficiently and we will be there and your lights will be on and hopefully this will be just a great memory."


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