January 19, 2005
Jenni Zollinger works from home as a medical transcriptionist. When this Graniteville resident was evacuated, she of course left her computer and tapes behind.
“My work obviously was left here, so I had to catch up on that,” Zollinger said.
Coming home after eight days away meant lots to catch up on.
“Very stressful even coming back home,” Zollinger said.
Not only work, but also bills. The Zollingers missed payment deadlines for their credit cards.
“We called because we were obviously late with a lot of things and they got rid of the late charges. They were very nice about the whole situation,” Zollinger said.
For others in Aiken County, it’s property taxes that are late. The county estimates 40 percent of people in the one-mile evacuation zone haven’t paid yet.
Aiken County is helping out past evacuees. Property taxes were due on Tuesday, but they’re giving you an extension. For every day you were out of your home, that’s how many days you now have to pay your bill.
It’s a small help to people who have so much to catch up on.
“I think today’s the first day that I feel that everything is back to normal,” Zollinger said.
That’s the goal for every evacuee.