"Yes, ma'am!" said an Alabama Power worker when asked if Fair Haven was treating him and his colleagues well as they took a lunch break Sunday while wrapping up their efforts to get the borough powered up after nearly two weeks without.
He was one of many in a much welcomed cavalry of out of- and in-state power restoration crews working to complete the task so many in the slightly more than one-square-mile town's residents were anxious to see completed — lights on in the entire borough.
For the past few days, thrilled to see the crews, residents Brian Drazin and Heather Heard have spearheaded an effort to feed them. And they've been fed ... very well and with gratitude.
While all the crews parked at Fair Haven Fields chowed down on some grilled foods and homemade side dishes and desserts, signs calling the guys heros were strewn all over the fields and volunteer residents served up some good eats.
Accustomed to tornadoes, the Alabama guys said that, in comparison, the damage in this corner of the world was actually pretty bad. When asked, a few said that the reality is that in their neck of the national woods, the damage tends to be more concentrated in one area from tornadoes.
What they saw in this area, and Fair Haven, in particular, they said was more widespread damage and an inordinate amount of trees downed.
How did they like Fair Haven? "This is just an awful(ly) nice place, with a lot of real nice people," one worker could be overheard saying to another.
Thanks, Alabama Power!