Imagine bracing the middle Georgia heat without air conditioning for more than 12 hours. After their power was knocked out by a fallen tree, that's exactly what the Perry family dealt with this Fourth of July. The couple remains without power and help is no where in sight, at least for now.
"Today is a holiday and like everyone else we would like to cook and provide for our family, but since we've been out of power since 7 o'clock we've lost all of our food also," said Vera Perry of
Perry stands in front yard sweating and confused by the fact that her power cannot be restored. After a fallen tree knocked out her power Sunday night, Perry tried many solutions, but she and her family remain without power.
"This is a hard Fourth of July. If it was anybody it would be the same way. This is very hard and I have never been in a situation like this before," said Zabriel Perry, Vera’s husband.
The Perry's living situation is complicated...first of all the couple is being evicted by their landlord from ZZ properties. After speaking with the property owner he said the couple has not paid rent for last 2 months and he's in no hurry to get their power back on. The Perry's deny they haven't paid rent and say they've been mistreated by property management.
"He just threw us on the street and we're nobody. That's the way I feel about it," said Zabriel Perry.
With power lines strewn across their front yard, the Perry's have no where to go. They have no family in the area, no friends in the area and when they tried to contact organizations for help they were turned away and told well it's a holiday.
According to Georgia Power even if the Perry's electrical problem was fixed on the 4th of July, a local inspector would need to come out before they could turn on the power.
I contacted Macon Police to see what could be done from a local standpoint and was told the personnel needed to inspect the electrical work was not on call during weekends. Leaving the Perry's without power for at least another day.
"I can't provide a meal for my family. I don't have my children here with me and that was all I was looking forward to because all of our family lives in
After calling Georgia Power, ZZ Properties, Macon Engineering and Macon Police getting power fixed on the fourth is not an easy task.