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EPD checks on seniors during storm

Posted: January 11, 2011 2:56 p.m.
Updated: January 12, 2011 5:00 a.m.
Keri Todd Boyce/C-I

Elgin Police Department (EPD) Officer Rick DeVors (left) stops by to check on Kendal Eyers of Jeffers Circle on Monday afternoon. The EPD made house visits and phone calls to senior citizens Monday and Tuesday to ensure everyone was safe in the inclement weather.

The Elgin Police Department (EPD) prepared for the worst when forecasters announced Friday afternoon that Kershaw County would be getting multiple inches of the “white stuff” Monday.

“We were ready to respond to power outages and accidents,” EPD Chief Harold Brown said. “So far, we have been very lucky that no one has been hurt.”

Fortunately, there were no power outages in the town limits of Elgin as of Tuesday morning, Brown said. Early Monday, the police chief asked all his officers to check on more than 20 elderly individuals living in Elgin or just outside the town.

“We just want to make sure they are OK,” Brown said as he handed out a detailed list of names.

Brown’s concern was that some of the older folks would lose power and then lose heat in their homes.

The list of people included names, addresses and additional notes for officers visiting the homes, such as relatives and what door to use. Brown said the list was compiled by Jim Ryan to help officers.

“While many of them have family around here, with this weather, the family may not be able to get to them,” Brown said. “And if they don’t have family nearby, we’re looking out for them, too.”

If power had been lost, Brown said, officers would have helped provide transportation to the nearest school for warm shelter.

“We tried not to bother them too much, but everyone on the list was called and we drove by their homes multiple times throughout the day and night,” Brown said.

Brown said he wanted to thank the residents of Elgin for heeding the forecasters’ warnings to stay off the roads.

“We had a few accidents, but not many,” he said. “And that is mainly because people were smart and stayed off the roads.”

Of the accidents that did occur, all were “fender benders” and no one was hurt, Brown said.

“You know the roads are bad when the Kangaroo (gas station) closes,” Brown laughed; the Kangaroo is usually open 24 hours a day.

Other businesses that closed their doors early in Elgin included BP, Food Lion, IGA and Bojangles.

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