Some Still In the Dark in Our Region
Millions of people along the East Coast are still without power three days after Sandy first made landfall. While our area wasn't hit nearly as hard, thousands locally are also still without power.
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Thousands are still without power in the aftermath of Sandy across New York.
Rochester Gas and Electric reports around 2,800 customers are still without power.
NYSEG has more than 75,000 customers without power and National Grid reports more than 5,500 customers are still in the dark.
Shirley Barone came back to her Sachem Way home in Irondequoit on Thursday to throw out the rest of the spoiling food in her refrigerator and freezer. The power went out in her neighborhood early Monday night.
"It was windy and rainy, but it didn't seem as scary as lots of storms we've weathered in the past," said Barone. "That's why it's kind of surprising the power's been out this long."
Barone's staying with her brother. Her daughter and grandson with a friend. But neighbor Annmarie Wolfe's been staying at her house, concerned about flooding since her sump pumps have stopped working.
"I just want to say don't forget about us please," said Wolfe. "We are cold and we want our homes to stay dry."
RG&E says Sandy blew down trees and those trees in turn took out more than 800 power lines in RG&E's nine-county region – 711 of lines in the Rochester region.
RG&E says crews are being called in from out of town and are working around the clock to get the lights back on. The job can entail more than just line work, since more than 80 poles were toppled too.
Colleen Hummel feels like she's one of the lucky ones since they have a back-up generator at home. But even that's not been enough to run their computers that they depend on for their printing supply business.
"We're grateful that we have the generator in place and that we are warm and able to function but our business is not. And without my business and income coming in, I'm in trouble."
Barone has packed one freezer with ice hoping the power comes on before having to throw even more food out. She's optimistic this will all end soon.
"There are people who have it a lot worse than we do," she said. "We lost a little food, we're a little cold and it's a little messy. It's an inconvenience, but what are you going to do?"