Botetourt Co. neighbors offer food, drinks to AEP crews working on Trinity substation

ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) - Several Botetourt County residents stopped by the Trinity substation Friday to offer everything from pizza to coffee and baked goods to the AEP crews working to restore power.

Appalachian Power crews worked around the clock to try and restore power to a substation in Botetourt County.

5-thousand people lost power after a tree fell on a line and blew a transformer at the substation. Several crews worked to install a mobile transformer.

"These people have been out here all night, we had our neighbor who has been out here since 10 o'clock I mean they haven't been to bed yet. That's pretty incredible," said Cloverdale Resident Katrina Kish.

The work didn't go unnoticed by neighbors.

"Trina and I were at the gym today and she said she was going to bring some brownies out for our neighbor that is out here today. So I said let's go and called some grocery stores so we just picked it up and came out," said Cloverdale Resident Crystal Gallimore.

"We dropped off two of the local grocery stores and some homemade goodies that we had made," said Kish.

Kish and Gallimore say the gifts are tokens of appreciation.

"They are just trying to get people with power so that we can have power in our houses again, it's pretty incredible."

The crews working say they are happy they have the community's support.

"It's an interesting thing to see it's always a great thing to see we are grateful, we are glad the customer is grateful," said Appalachian Power Spokesman John Shepelwich.

Work at the substation was expected to be finished up by Friday evening.