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Ridgecrest prepares for extra guests in wake of Hurricane Floyd

RIDGECREST, N.C. (BP)–With Hurricane Floyd bearing down on the Carolina coast, more than 1,500 utility line workers were expected to spend the night Sept. 15 at Ridgecrest (N.C.), a LifeWay Conference Center, to assist wherever needed in restoring power before departing.
Rodger Derr, director of sales and marketing at Ridgecrest, said the conference center received a call Tuesday morning from officials of the Carolina Power and Light Co. who were hosting and coordinating the Asheville staging area. Power companies from areas not affected by the storm were being asked to send employees to help repair downed lines and restore power in the wake of the storm.
Other camps and conference centers in the area also were being asked to help. Approximately 200 workers staying at other locations where food service was not available were expected for one or more meals at Ridgecrest.
Derr said he was told the workers would be leaving by 8 a.m. Sept. 16 to travel to their assigned posts.
“While we regret these circumstances, we are glad for this opportunity to meet a real need and be a good witness to those coming to the conference center,” Ridgecrest director G.W. Lankford said.