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Kentuckians help clean up after Hurricane Beryl in Houston

Kentuckians help clean up in Texas after Hurricane Beryl made landfall earlier this week, raising the U.S. death toll from the storm to at least 10.

Emergency Disaster Services, a logistics company based in Lexington, responded to Beryl. Nearly all of its employees are from Kentucky, including truck drivers who haul heavy equipment.

“This is something you have to pace yourself with. We enjoy the work. It’s hard work.”

According to Matt Daley, director of communications and logistics at EDS, the work involves seven base camps.

“The additional teams that were originally planned have just arrived in town and are setting up, so the camp is getting bigger,” Daley said.

Daley cannot stress enough how hard the staff works and how much dedication they show.

“This is not easy work, so kudos to our teams who have not showered for the past 48 hours, who have not been to bed and who are still building new construction sites.”

They do it in extreme heat, to help those affected by Beryl’s devastation. NBC News reports that more than a million people are still without power in the Houston area.

“The heat also plays a role, because everyone can survive without electricity for a few days, but that is no longer possible if the temperature is higher than 38.4 degrees Celsius.”

For Daley, it is gratifying that EDS in Houston is playing a supporting role. But ultimately, there should be a lot of credit for the people in public safety.

“These utility companies actually do much more dangerous work than we do, namely working overtime to restore the power supply. The fact that we play a small part in that always gives a good feeling.”

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