UP: To the utility company employees, many from out of state, who have been working long days in the extreme heat restoring power to area residents. While we know everyone wants their power restored as soon as possible, it has been a tremendously difficult situation for everyone. Many of the workers haven't seen their families for several days while working 12-15-hour days. Even the utility workers from this area haven't seen their own families much this week, including the July 4 holiday. They have all done a great job, and we want them all to know their hard work has been greatly appreciated.