Fayetteville restaurant owners take it to the street
July 4, 2012 ·
One area of the state that’s been hit extremely hard by last Friday’s storm is Fayette County. Communities there are expecting power to be restored sometime this weekend. In the mean time, folks in Fayetteville are doing their best to watch out for each other.
Susan Jones is the owner of
Gumbos Cajun Restaurant in Fayetteville. She’s been working hard along side
other Fayetteville eatery owners since the power went out Friday evening.
“Since Saturday we have pulled
our resources to the outside and we are cooking on the streets of Fayetteville
and trying to serve the people in the community that don’t have means to get
Jones says the positive side
effect of the storm is the great display of community solidarity.
“Spirits are good. People are
calm and quiet and everybody is a little shell-shocked because it was such a
surprise that it happened. But it’s an amazing sense of community down here to
be honest with you. Everybody’s kind of pulled together and is really helping
on another out.”
Jones says that people are
coping with lost or damaged property, and many are still without water and
power. Those folks with water are under a boil-order, and the heat makes it
hard to sleep.
Still, efforts are underway to
pull together July 4th celebrations this evening.
“They’re trying to get a projector
and screen that they can put up on one of the buildings in town, and have some
sort of movie—I would assume it would be for the kids. It’s just a way to get
everyone in the community together to spend time on the 4th of July
and pretend that everything is fine.”