By: Ashley Crockett
Reprinted with permission from Connect Mid-Missouri, KRCG 13
Two Three Rivers Electric linemen spent 19 days in January and early Febrauary in Caracol, Haiti, as part of the Caracol Community Electrification Program.
Westphalia natives Cory Kleffner and Logan Gentges worked without the modern tools, which are designed to make work easier and safer, available to linemen.
“Everything was labor intensive,” Kleffner said.
Although there was a digging truck, Kleffner said it was mainly used for transportation and setting holes because the digging apparatus often did not work.
Instead, local residents dug the holes, which had to be six feet deep and three feet in diameter, by hand. They were paid only $10 (U.S.) per hole. The residents then had to empty water from the holes by bucket brigade.
Kleffner and Gentges helped set 64 poles and nine anchors, all set by hand. They also connected 38 services and strung the secondary wire in the Village of Caracol.
“Whenever we hooked up the homes, we had to disconnect the power in the entire village so everyone would be out of power for hours at a time,” Kleffner said. “They always did this on Saturday mornings. They didn’t mind at all.”
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